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High Speed Converters: What? Why? (and a little How?)

As we move our analog-to-digital conversion closer to the beginning of our signal chain, the performance demands can get extreme. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Robertson - VP at Analog Devices about how to design high-speed converters for today's most demanding applications.

Physically Aware Synthesis Techniques to Lower Power, Improve Timing, Congestion & Correlation

Synthesis is the single most important step in creating a high-quality implementation of our design. But, we can't expect our synthesis tool to produce the best results without considering the very important effects of routing delay introduced by placement and routing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with John Stabenow of Cadence about how to apply physically-aware synthesis techniques to improve the overall quality of your design.

Abstract and Conquer: A New Alternative to Hierarchical Timing Analysis

Sign-off timing analysis for today’s complex SoC designs can be daunting. Rather than just throwing more computer power at the problem, you need to adopt a hierarchical approach and take advantage of higher levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about a new, faster approach to sign-off timing analysis.

PADS VX: Redefining Productivity

When it comes to PCB Design, the giant companies don't get ALL the cool toys. Desktop design tools are now getting impressive capabilities that rival their enterprise-scale big brothers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about the new PADS VX and the impressive capabilities it brings to desktop electronic design.

Xilinx and Open-Silicon HMC Memory Solution

Watch a demonstration of the industry's first available 12.5 Gb/s Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) interface using the Xilinx Virtex®-7 FPGA. See how this solution provides superior memory bandwidth for your application using HMC technology, Virtex-7 FPGA, and Open-Silicon IP.

System Design with Advance FPGA Timing Models

Advanced FPGAs are difficult to characterized due to their advanced process nodes, which delays the availability of final timing models until silicon characterization is completed. This paper describes the timing models available for end-user FPGA design, in advance of production FPGAs. This paper explains the development cycle of FPGAs, along with the timing models available at each stage. This paper also describes the best practices that you can use at each stage of the timing model.

Select the Right Performance for a 802.11ac/Advanced LTE AFE

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Priyank Shukla removes the mystery behind choosing the right ADC in and Analog Front End for wireless (802.11ac and/or 3G/3G) communication systems. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

Developing Clean Efficient Power with LLC Resonant Converters with Infineon

Ready to get your black belt in DC power conversion? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sam Abdel-Rahman of Infineon about how to make a versatile, high-efficiency, LLC resonant mode power converter. So, buckle up, hit play, and get your DC on!

Product-Centric Design with Virtual Prototyping

As engineers, it's easy to get the feeling that your PCB is the center of the design universe. But, it's important to remember that we are designing products, not just boards, and a product-centric design methodology is essential to creating the competitive products that customers demand. Product level virtual prototyping validates that your detailed design approach can support the product requirements. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Bob Potock explore the concept of product-centric design with virtual prototyping and highlight how it differs from traditional, PCB-centric design.

Accelerating Open Source Security Using OpenCL & Altera FPGAs

Today's FPGAs offer interesting potential for accelerating performance- and power-critical operations such as security algorithms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ryan Kenny of Altera about using FPGAs to accelerate open source security algorithms written in OpenCL.

Using Low Cost, Non-volatile PLDs in System Applications

The system market is comprised of applications in telecom infrastructure, computing, high end industrial and high end medical. Power supply sequencing, voltage and current monitoring, bus bridging, voltage level translation, interface control, and temperature measurement are typical board functions found in these applications. System designers are faced with continual pressure to meet their development schedules, and need to implement designs with minimal effort and risk while maintaining maximum flexibility. By using a programmable-based approach instead of several discrete devices or Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs), designers can accelerate their time-to- market, address system cost and space reduction, and ensure a high level of product differentiation.

Quick SI Simulation in OrCAD PCB Editor

Starting in 16.5 and continuing to the present version (16.6), you can perform signal integrity (SI) analysis from your OrCAD PCB board file while using only your OrCAD PCB Professional license (no special SI licenses needed!) This blog post will take a step by step approach and show you just how that is possible.

Design Control, Data & Comparison with PADS Design Archive

A solid design data archive and management system can make a world of difference in your PCB design productivity. A good strategy enables re-use, eliminates costly errors, and allows you to get the most from your team's engineering efforts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about design data management in Mentor's popular PADS system.

Vivado IP Integrator

Even the best "plug and play" IP blocks are far from fool-proof. One of the most challenging aspects of IP-based design can be getting the blocks stitched together properly, making sure you have the right version of all the IP blocks, and confirming the configuration of your whole design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven about the powerful correct-by-construction automation built into the IP Integrator in Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx. IP Integrator seriously raises the bar on automation of IP-based design.

A Significant Technology Advancement in High-Speed Link Modeling and Simulation

This white paper describes how Altera's jitter/noise eye (JNEye) link analysis tool enhances HSIO link modeling and simulation. This paper includes simulation and experimental results that demonstrate how the JNEye tool can meet the requirements for accuracy and advanced simulation and modeling techniques.

Scripted Flows in Vivado Design Suite

When you're using a new tool for the first time, a good GUI is great to have, but once you're up and running and automating a complex design process, scripted flows offer a much more powerful means of controlling your tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ron Plyler of Xilinx explore scripted flows in the Vivado design suite.

Rigid-Flex and Embedded Components

These days, flexibile circuit boards are making their way into the mainstream. Rigid-flex design gives us all kinds of new capabilities in form factor, as well as the opportunity to replace expensive and unreliable cables and connectors. But, how do you handle rigid-flex PCB design in your layout tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Altium's Ben Jordan about rigid-flex design in Altium Designer - and how you can use those same capabilities for embedded components as a bonus!

Overcome the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs

Many of today's high-performance board designs have complex timing constraints, and meeting all those constraints can be a significant design challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about advanced design techniques with PADS that will help get you to design closure faster and with fewer headaches on complex, highly-constrained boards.

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

Vivado IP Flows

Doing IP-based design can be a major productivity booster for your engineering project. But, your ability to easily use and re-use IP can be severely limited if your design tools don't have robust support for creating the IP flow you want. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx explain how you can create the perfect IP flow for your design process in the Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx.

Cadence Low Power Solution - RTL to GDSII Low Power Design

Low-power design used to be an afterthought. Today, however, we need to consider power throughout the entire design cycle - from RTL all the way through GDSII. And, we can have significant impact on overall power consumption with optimizations at just about every stage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete Hardee of Cadence about a holistic approach to low-power design.

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Simplifying Industrial Ethernet Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Suhel Dhanani of Altera about the who, what, and how of industrial ethernet design.

High Speed Converters: What? Why? (and a little How?)

As we move our analog-to-digital conversion closer to the beginning of our signal chain, the performance demands can get extreme. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Robertson - VP at Analog Devices about how to design high-speed converters for today's most demanding applications.

High-Reliability in FPGA Design - SEU Mitigation

Neutrons are coming for you and you'd better be prepared. Whether we like it or not, SEUs (Single Event Upsets) are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for our designs, especially for high realibility systems. If you thought SEUs couldn't mess up your next design because you aren't designing something destined for space, you need to think again. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, I chat with Jeff Garrison of Synopsys about the how we can battle SEUs (on the ground or in the air) with the latest generation of design tools.

It's an Analog World After All

It's an analog world out there. And, while most microcontrollers offer terrific features in the digital and software domain, Microchip has a new family of MCUs with Intelligent Analog capabilities that can make a huge difference in connecting your design to the real world. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Alexis Alcott of Microchip about harnessing the power of Intelligent Analog in MCU design.

Design @ MachXO2 Speed

Just about every design needs one - that magic, do-anything part that can connect nearly any two things together and can aggregate all those messy, left-over functions on our board. Today's low density PLDs have remarkable capabilities at a tiny cost and power budget. In this episode of Chalk Talk HD Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Hossner (Lattice Semiconductor) about the amazing capabilities of Lattice’s latest low density PLD line, the MachXO2.

It's 2022: Do You Know What Your FPGA Is?

Does the definition of "FPGA" seem like a moving target? Over the past few years, there has been phenomenal progress in FPGA technology - going from simple glue logic to impressive programmable systems-on-chip. Today's FPGAs are some of the most powerful and flexible devices ever built. But, what will your FPGA look like ten years from now? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Umar Mughal of Altera about the past, present, and future of this exciting technology.

How to Design a Sigma Delta Mixer Circuit

In parts 1 & 2 of this 3-part Chalk Talk series, we talked about how Triad Semiconductor can save you 75%, or even as much as 99% in your next mixed-signal ASIC design. But, what good is savings if you don't know what you can design with it? In this third episode of our 3-part Chalk Talk series, Amelia and Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor have fun taking ViaDesigner out for a spin - designing a sigma delta mixer.

It's the Software, Silly! - Success with FPGA-based Prototyping

Software is becoming a larger and larger part of our system-on-chip (SoC) designs. It is critical that we be able to begin developing and debugging software as early as possible in the design cycle. But, the hardware part of today's complex designs takes months to stabilize. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the tight relationship between software and emulation and how you can achieve success in your SoC design with a comprehensive emulation strategy.

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SystemVision® Versatile System Modeling Datasheet

SystemVision models circuits to systems in a single, easy-to-use analysis environment. Build systems and circuits using models from SystemVision’s large VHDL-AMS and SPICE model libraries. Model component tolerance, distribution, and stress details to improve system performance and reliability. Build and share libraries of custom simulation models.

SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification Datasheet

The SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.

Physically Aware Synthesis Techniques to Lower Power, Improve Timing, Congestion & Correlation

Synthesis is the single most important step in creating a high-quality implementation of our design. But, we can't expect our synthesis tool to produce the best results without considering the very important effects of routing delay introduced by placement and routing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with John Stabenow of Cadence about how to apply physically-aware synthesis techniques to improve the overall quality of your design.

Allegro 16.5 Powers up Allegro PCB PDN Analysis

This is a Cadence blog post about the launch of the Allegro PDN Analysis and what it will mean for PCB designers.

Quick SI Simulation in OrCAD PCB Editor

Starting in 16.5 and continuing to the present version (16.6), you can perform signal integrity (SI) analysis from your OrCAD PCB board file while using only your OrCAD PCB Professional license (no special SI licenses needed!) This blog post will take a step by step approach and show you just how that is possible.

Select the Right Performance for a 802.11ac/Advanced LTE AFE

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Priyank Shukla removes the mystery behind choosing the right ADC in and Analog Front End for wireless (802.11ac and/or 3G/3G) communication systems. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

Simulation Key to Automotive Challenges

This paper describes a new virtual prototyping environment that allows system integration to begin before physical hardware can be made available, a valuable commodity in today’s complex automotive system design process.  This new technology gives designers powerful tools for managing mechanics, electronics, software, and controls in one system with the capability to integrate the significant intersections between them.

Simulating Vector Controlled Induction Motors Using Space Vector Modulation

This paper illustrates the development of a comprehensive vector-controlled induction motor drive system using a virtual prototyping environment for the development/simulation of all designs. Motion control system development poses many challenges for conventional simulation tools. Not only are these systems extremely complex, they traverse both technology (domain) boundaries, as well as analog/digital boundaries. Conventional simulation tools cannot adequately deal with these diverse modeling requirements.

Allegro FPGA System Planner

The Cadence Allegro FPGA System Planner addresses the challenges that engineers encounter when designing one or more large-pin count FPGAs on the PCB board. By replacing manual error-prone processes with automatic pin assignment synthesis, this unique placement-aware solution eliminates physical design iterations while speeding optimum pin assignment.

Aldec Active HDL Datasheet

Active-HDL is an integrated FPGA Design and Simulation solution, with design entry, a high-performance mixed-language simulator and an easy-to-use, multi-vendor FPGA flow manager. Active-HDL has interfaces to over 80 leading EDA tools, making it the most powerful environment. Check out the top features and product configurations to see if Active-HDL is right for you.

Formal VIP for 100% Accurate Designs

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett discusses formal verification IP (VIP), how it supports formal analysis, and how design engineers can leverage formal VIP to ensure their designs are 100% correct. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

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Enabling Design Separation for High-Reliability and Information-Assurance Systems

Traditionally, system designs achieve reliability through redundancy, leading to increased component count, logic size, system power, and cost. Altera’s design separation feature meets these conflicting power, size, and functionality needs while maintaining high reliability and information assurance. The use of FPGAs has grown from the glue logic interfaces of the past to the advanced information-processing systems used by core Internet routers and high-performance computing systems.

A Flexible Solution for Industrial Ethernet

This white paper describes the use of FPGAs to deliver a multi-standard Industrial Ethernet capability from a single printed circuit board implementation. The benefits of FPGA implementation are described and an overview of the FPGA development flow, tools, and technology used to create a universal but easy to maintain solution is given. Since its conception by Xerox in the 1970s and standardization as IEEE 802.3 in 1983, Ethernet has become the de facto standard for computer communication.

A Platform for Reducing Verification Time and Improving Reliability of Embedded System Hardware

In this whitepaper the author reviews how leveraging VTOS during the prototype phase can assist engineers in overcoming the challenges design complexity exerts on product development, manufacturing, and overall time-to-market. Readers will gain insight into how they can replace today’s ad-hoc board level verification approaches with an ordered methodology that enables designers to automatically validate their own hardware designs, optimize system performance, and simplify the process of integrating new hardware with new software.

Building an IP Surveillance Camera System with a Low-Cost FPGA (REVISED)

Current market trends in video surveillance present a number of challenges to be addressed, including the move from analog to digital cameras, conversion to high-definition (HD) video, adoption of Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) sensors, and Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity for control and data streams. This white paper describes the IP Surveillance Camera Reference Design and shows how the entire system is built using a low-cost Altera® Cyclone® III FPGA

MachXO2 Family

The MachXO2 family of ultra low power, instant-on, non-volatile PLDs has six devices with densities ranging from 256 to 6864 LUTs. In addition to LUT-based, low-cost programmable logic these devices feature Embedded Block RAM, Distributed RAM, User Flash Memory, PLLs, pre-engineered source synchronous I/O support and hardened versions of functions such as SPI controller, I2C controller and timer/counter. These devices are ideal for low cost, high volume consumer and system applications.

Accelerate Your Video Processing Application Using Reference Designs

Wouldn´t you like an integrated solution that makes developing broadcast infrastructure equipment easier and faster? Watch this new 9-minute video to learn about two development kits and reference designs that do just this.

Design Control, Data & Comparison with PADS Design Archive

A solid design data archive and management system can make a world of difference in your PCB design productivity. A good strategy enables re-use, eliminates costly errors, and allows you to get the most from your team's engineering efforts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about design data management in Mentor's popular PADS system.

TLM-Driven Design and Verification – Time for a Methodology Shift

Transaction level modeling (TLM) is gaining favor over register-transfer level (RTL) for design components because of its many advantages—including faster design and verification times, easier IP reuse, and broader micro-architecture exploration. Cadence offers methodology guidelines, high-level synthesis, TLM-aware verification and debugging, and services to help designers combine new TLM IP with legacy RTL IP during this transition in design and verification environments.

All Programmable Abstractions Video

New All Programmable Abstractions initiative improves productivity of hardware designers and empowers systems and software developers to directly leverage Xilinx All Programmable devices.

Architecture Matters: Choosing the Right SoC FPGA for Your Application

SoC FPGAs are a powerful new class of programmable devices that are applicable to a wide range of electronic designs. This white paper discussed a number of criteria to select the best SoC FPGA for your particular application, including system performance, design reliability and flexibility, system cost, power consumption, future product roadmaps, and the important role that development tools will play into the success of these SoC FPGAs.

Drive the Automotive Market with a Distinct Advantage: Xilinx Automotive Spartan-6 FPGAs

Just about 10 years ago, you could count on one hand the number of electronic systems in an automobile. Today, it is difficult to find a single system in a car that isn't electronic or at least electromechanical, as car manufacturers look beyond engine block size and body design to electronics to differentiate their offerings. Xilinx(r) Automotive (XA) Spartan(r) FPGAs are playing an increasingly important role in this auto electronics revolution.

Two Reasons Why Auto-Adaptive Equalization is Critical to Transceiver Design

Systems with high speed serial links often have serial channels which result in signal distortion described as insertion loss, reflection, cross-talk, and other channel impairments. Receiver equalization can help compensate for such channel-driven losses and distortions, but link tuning and bring-up can be non-trivial even for the most experienced transceiver and signal integrity specialists. Learn how Xilinx FPGAs with fully auto-adaptive equalization is critical to high speed transceiver design and enables system designers to get their systems up and running quickly.

Upgrade Your System's Resistive Touch Screen to Multi-Touch

With the introduction of cutting-edge touch screen products, the demand for multi-touch user-machine interfaces is growing. Adding multi-touch to a wide variety of products—from cell phones and MP3 players to medical imaging equipment and even washing machines—may be easier than you think. This webcast shows a very cost-effective way to add multi-touch to your system using Altera’s MAX® II CPLDs and surprisingly simple IP.

DO-254 Requirements Traceability with Spec-TRACER

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Louie de Luna about Aldec's new Spec-TRACER tool and how Spec-TRACER helps you navigate your way through your design flow - from beginning to end, from requirements to verification.

The Evolution of Power Format Standards: A Cadence Viewpoint

This paper explains what methodology convergence is, why the Open Low-Power Methodology (OpenLPM) is a promising step toward power format convergence, and how Cadence technologies can help customers develop low-power designs successfully while the industry is progressing along the path to convergence.

Introduction to the Xilinx Tcl Store

In this video, you will learn about the Xilinx Tcl Store, which is an open source repository of Tcl code. The Tcl Store provides a mechanism for users to share useful scripts for various tasks. The Xilinx Tcl Store is user-developed and user-supported hosted on GitHub. There is a repository browser built into Vivado® where you can browse, install, uninstall, and update apps. Apps are modules or groups of Tcl code that performs or supports related tasks that extends and complements native Vivado Tcl commands.

Introduction to the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Model-Based Design Workflow

This video provides an introduction to the MathWorks® guided workflow for Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs. A simple example is used to demonstrate the design methodology for targeting HW and SW to a Zynq development platform.

Promises and Challenges of DDR4 Memory Technology

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays, Kishore Kasamsetty provides a history on DDR4 technology. He also walks you through the improvements of DDR4 over DDR3, as well as the memory standard's specifications and the challenges of meeting these specifications.


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