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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.

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!

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.

Industrial Temperature Measurement Solutions

Many industrial designs need data from sensors such as temperature probes. But, getting from the analog world of probe signals to the digital world where the magic happens can be a tedious and tricky process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated about an easy way to connect up sensors such as temperature probes in your next industrial design.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

Automated Impedance and Coupling Checks

Cadence Sigrity Technologies provide the signal integrity and power analysis solutions needed for system-level verification and interface compliance so you can sign off in confidence. In this video you will learn how Sigrity makes it easy to quickly run Impedance and coupling checks on your design to identify areas of concern. In this example OrCAD PCB Editor was used as his tool of choice but the options are not limited to that. No models needed!

Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

The most important factor in getting great performance from your FPGA design is optimization in synthesis and place and route. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Owens of Synopsys about the latest techniques for getting the most performance out of your design tools, and therefore out of your FPGA design.

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.

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.

Integrating Electronic Design Analysis Upstream, Downstream, and Sideways

PCB Design demands a great deal more care these days. Signal and power integrity are just some of the realities that board designers must contend with these days. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems about the integration of these important analysis capabilities into the PCB design process.

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.

Maximize Your Power and Efficiency with PADS Interactive Placement and Routing

For the engineer doing desktop PCB layout, efficiency is important. You don't want to waste precious time fighting with your PCB tool, and you don't want to end up with lousy results because you and your tool weren't getting along. Mentor Graphics PADS provides an efficient, high-productivity interactive placement and routing environment that lets you get great results quickly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about interactive layout using PADS.

Wireless Base Station ZUC Block Cipher Implementation on Zynq SoCs

The Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC provides a flexible platform that offers programmability for evolving technologies like LTE and new standards including, but not limited to, the ZUC algorithm. This white paper illustrates the advantages of the Zynq SoC-based design methodology using the Vivado® Design Suite, which facilitates an optimal hardware/software partitioning of the system functionality for better performance.

Graphics Rendering and Video Processing with Altera SoC and Helio View Dev Kit

For performance-critical applications like graphics and video rendering, the partitioning between software and hardware can be a pivotal decision. Today, exciting new devices allow us to make and evaluate those tradeoffs more easily than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Troy Jones (Macnica Americas) and Todd Koelling (Altera) about creating video and graphics applications using the Helio View development board with Altera SoC FPGAs.

Verify Design Performance with PADS Best-in-Class Simulation and Analysis

It really isn't important to simulate your PCB design - as long as you don't care about re-spins, signal integrity, cost... OK, actually, there are many good reasons to simulate your board. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about simulating your board design using PADS. It may make you re-think your board design strategy.

Enabling High-Speed Radio Designs With Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs

This white paper describes the capabilities of Xilinx® 7 series All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs to implement high-clock-rate signal processing functionality typically used by the datapath of digital radio applications.

Signoff-Driven Timing Closure ECO in the Synopsys Galaxy Platform

Increasing design complexities and the rapidly increasing number of scenarios impede the timing closure process. ECO techniques that have good single-pass fix rates can reduce the number of iterations through the extraction, implementation, and final signoff loop for fastest timing closure.

Speed IP Bring-up and SoC Validation with HAPS-DX

Neil Songcuan, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, introduces the newest member of the HAPS family, HAPS Developer Express (HAPS-DX) and its features to speed IP bring-up and SoC validation

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!

Infineon's 8th Generation of RF Transistors Maximize Receiver Sensitivity and Range

If you're designing systems that use the latest WiFi standards, you know that a great RF transistor with high gain and low noise is key to good performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Andrew Nelson of Infineon about the latest in high-performance RF transistors - Infineon's new 8th generation.

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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.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

Static Timing Analysis and Constraint Validation

Before you can even think about timing closure in your FPGA design, you have to set up timing constraints. But, being sure that you have the right constraints can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ron Plyler of Xilinx about some powerful new ways to set up and validate timing constraints on your way to timing closure with Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

Solving the 100Gbps Challenge with ABAX2

What do you do when plain-old FPGAs leave too much on the table to handle your next bandwidth challenge efficiently? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christian Plante (Tabula) about Tabula's new ABAX2 devices - based on their innovative Spacetime architecture. ABAX2 is fabricated on the latest Intel 22nm Tri-Gate technology, and can give you an enormous advantage in your next 100G design.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES RFCMOS Solutions and Catena WiFi Solutions

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Fayyaz Singaporewala (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) and Mats Carlsson (Catena) about how to get that scary RF portion of your next design done in a snap.

The Power of Tcl in PlanAhead

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tori Darien from Xilinx about using Tcl in Xilinx’s PlanAhead tool for FPGA design. Amelia throws her some examples, and Tori walks us through how to work them using PlanAhead’s Tcl interface.

Battery Management Solutions

Designing battery-powered systems can be challenging. In addition to power and form-factor considerations, today's batteries require sophisticated charging and monitoring for maximum safety, life, and performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Richard DelRossi of Texas Instruments about battery management solutions that can dramatically simplify your next battery-powered design while adding important monitoring capabilities to your device.

Timing Closure Made Easier with Stylus

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats Andy Caldwell (Tabula) about putting an end to the oppressive reign of timing closure terror. Tabula’s Spacetime architecture - it turns out - besides giving us crazy performance for our high-bandwidth designs - also makes timing closure drop-dead easy.

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Configurable 10/40G Ethernet Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arthur Marris discusses configurable options for Cadence 10/40G Ethernet MAC, integrated PCS, and SerDes IP.

Flexible Design Reuse and Replication for PCB Editor

As PCB Designs become more complex and project timelines more compressed, it is important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. See a quick introduction to CircuitSpace and learn how this productivity tool can help you reduces PCB layout time by up to 50%.

Automated Impedance and Coupling Checks

Cadence Sigrity Technologies provide the signal integrity and power analysis solutions needed for system-level verification and interface compliance so you can sign off in confidence. In this video you will learn how Sigrity makes it easy to quickly run Impedance and coupling checks on your design to identify areas of concern. In this example OrCAD PCB Editor was used as his tool of choice but the options are not limited to that. No models needed!

How to Automatically Replace LEF Abstracts with GDS IP

Physical Verification or other downstream analysis flow of P&R design data which only includes routing layers can miss issues caused by the current device level IP which is only represented by LEF abstracts. However, replacing the LEF IP abstracts with the current GDS version provided by layout teams can easily be merged with the DEF routing information and output to disk or in memory during Calibre Physical verification. This video steps through an example showing how to run this Calibre utility to merge the GDS data with DEF.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

Multi-Board Electrical and Thermal Co-Simulation Using PowerDC

Cadence Sigrity PowerDC allows the users to predict the correct DC voltage drop based on the operating temperature of that region of the electronic product's printed circuit board. This demo will show you how to use PowerDC to do multi-board electrical and thermal co-simulation.

TimingDesigner: Complex Diagrams

This video showcases TimingDesigner capabilities, especially for building complex diagrams. It will cover derived clocks, derived signals, and differentially ended signals which will include state decodes, measure events, guarantees and skews. Lastly it will cover complex diagram capabilities in the parameter spreadsheet.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

How to easily setup Calibre in Virtuoso for multiple cell windows

This video shows how to setup Calibre Interactive to quickly select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso. Previously there was not a convenient way to setup Calibre Interactive when you wanted to run Calibre in different cells that are simultaneously open in the same Cadence session but now the Layout Cell Browser capability in Calibre Interactive provides an easy and convenient way to select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso.

How to Debug Double Patterning results using Calibre RealTime

This video shows how to easily debug Double Patterning results in Calibre RealTime by using the CTO file to assign different highlight colors to the warning and conflict ring results and to the mask1 and mask2 output layers.

Choosing the Right NAND Flash Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Lou Ternullo walks you through the steps to select the right NAND Flash solution and ensure it meets the requirements of your design.

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Real-Time Challenges and Opportunities in SoCs (REVISED)

Advanced process technology and system-integration provide the driving forces behind silicon convergence. The latest advancement in programmable technology is the SoC, which integrates an Altera® FPGA with an ARM® applications processor, plus a rich peripheral processor subsystem. The convergence of these technologies provides new challenges and opportunities for real-time embedded system design.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

Developing Medical Device Software Confirming with IEC 62304 Standard

The IEC 62304 standard for medical device software complies with requirements in the European Union and the United States. Learn about this standard, how to manage risks and establish best practices in the software life cycle to support certification and audit to meet the requirements for IEC 62305.  Explore topics that include using software of unknown provenance (SOUP), mitigating risk throughout the life cycle, managing requirements, code quality standards and configuration management.

Selecting the Ideal FPGA Vendor for Military Programs

As digital processing technologies such as digital signal processors, FPGAs, and CPUs become more complex and powerful, product and feature differentiation among vendors has significantly increased. As a result, designers need to develop rigorous approaches to evaluate the technologies available from different military defense electronics vendors.

MediaTek Gets High-Quality Smart Devices to Market Quickly with Palladium Platform

In this video, Andrew Chang, MediaTek corporate vice president, talks about the challenges in creating today's smart devices—complexity, the push for higher performance, and the need for lower power. Chang discusses how the Cadence® Palladium® platform has helped MediaTek achieve faster simulation and debug; the company has achieved a 300X speed-up in simulation time, with 6X faster turnaround time. As a result, MediaTek is succeeding in meeting its time-to-market and design quality goals.

Platform Management Using MachXO & ProcessorPM PLDs

PLDs are commonly used in platform management applications for housekeeping and power-up management. In this webcast, we discuss the requirements of PLDs in this scenario and look at some of the advantages of the MachXO and ProcessorPM devices from Lattice. We will also examine some of the convenient tools that Lattice provides for quick evaluation and experimentation of the MachXO and ProcessorPM PLDs.

Enabling Low-Power EO/IR System Development with FPGAs and Image- and Sensor-Processing IP

Implementing Altera’s VIP Suite of MegaCore® functions, for sensor control and various image-processing capabilities, and Imagize’s FP-5500 compact video-processing engine, for sensor processing and image fusion, on Altera® Cyclone® IV FPGAs can kick-start development efforts for next-generation EO/IR and display systems, as well as provide a canned solution for the “boring” aspects of system design, leaving the designer free to innovate on value-add functions.

Optimizing and Maintaining a High-Performing Design Environment

To maximize your investment in EDA tools, your infrastructure and processes must be optimized for growing and frequently changing design needs. Cadence Client Technology Solutions is dedicated to enhancing EDA tool performance, ensuring stability, and removing critical bottlenecks. Through close collaboration with hundreds of customers worldwide, we have unique insight into environmental conditions and how best to maintain a high-performing design environment.

Power Considerations In FPGA Design

Power has always been a design consideration. Traditionally, though, a lower priority has been assigned to power than to most other variables (speed/performance, cost, time-to-market, risk, etc.). In today’s marketplace, however, power has become a very important component in the designer’s decision making process. There is good reason for this. Power translates to significant system cost.

FPGA Reliability and the Sunspot Cycle (REVISED)

What if your design had to go close to the sun? Would you be comfortable? Engineers design for system-level reliability when creating complex electronic systems. System reliability is dependent on a number of factors, including the reliability of the individual semiconductor devices selected for each design. Radiation effects impact device reliability in terrestrial as well as space applications. By choosing FPGA components judiciously, designers can significantly enhance the operational reliability and stability of any system.

Industry's First 28-nm High-End FPGA Running at 14.1 Gbps

Get an initial look at the industry’s first 28-nm high-end FPGA. In our Stratix® V FPGAs, you’ll get devices featuring: An industry-record 3.9 billion transistors, One million logic elements, Integrated transceivers with data rates up to 28 Gbps and an abundance of hard intellectual property (IP) blocks. Samples are shipping now. Watch this 3-minute video to see the progress of our silicon checkout process, as well as 14.1-Gbps transceiver performance.

Medical Imaging Implementation Using FPGAs

Medical imaging equipment is taking on an increasingly critical role in healthcare as the industry strives to lower patient costs and achieve earlier disease prediction using noninvasive means. To provide the functionality needed to meet these industry goals, equipment developers are turning to programmable logic devices such as Altera’s FPGAs.

OpenCL on FPGAs: Accelerating Performance and Design Productivity

FPGAs have amazing capabilities when it comes to accelerating performance-critical algorithms at a tiny fraction of the power it would require to run them in software. The marriage of FPGAs with conventional CPUs could provide a truly remarkable high-performance computing platform. However, the problem has always been how to program it. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Albert Chang of Altera about about how OpenCL can now be used to program FPGAs. OpenCL is already very popular for programming systems with graphics processors (GPUs). Now, Altera has enabled us to use this same language to program FPGA+CPU systems.

Using LEDs as Light-Level Sensors and Emitters

Modulating LED power based on ambient light level increases battery life, a particularly helpful feature in a device where battery life is measured in days. Using a very simple circuit, Altera’s MAX II and MAX IIZ CPLDs can measure the analog light level of their environments and then drive an LED at a proportional analog intensity level. Controlling the LED intensity based on ambient light as demonstrated reduces LED energy usage by more than 47 percent without affecting appearance.

Leveraging OCP for Cache Coherent Traffic Within an Embedded Multi-core Cluster

Scaling processing performance beyond the frequency and power envelope of single core systems has led to the emergence of multi-core clusters. Data access management within such processing systems becomes essential to ensure behavioral consistency. One solution to provide access consistency is the application of a memory coherence model such as MESI or MOESI within the L1 data cache hierarchy. For the MIPS Technologies MIPS32® 1004K™ Coherent Processing System (CPS), we applied Open Core Protocol (OCP) point-to-point connectivity to establish snoop-based coherence throughout the cluster. Following are principles of this communication model.

Injecting Automation into Verification – Improved Throughput

This webinar will focus on the highest value tools and techniques for improving test stimulus, debug effectiveness and simulation throughput. One of the most common verification process improvement opportunities is being able to more easily create test cases, including leveraging standard bus interfaces like PCIe for stimulating your system. We will also describe common techniques for improving simulation performance.

Solving the 100Gbps Challenge with ABAX2

What do you do when plain-old FPGAs leave too much on the table to handle your next bandwidth challenge efficiently? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christian Plante (Tabula) about Tabula's new ABAX2 devices - based on their innovative Spacetime architecture. ABAX2 is fabricated on the latest Intel 22nm Tri-Gate technology, and can give you an enormous advantage in your next 100G design.


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