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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.

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.

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.

Bridging MIPI Technologies with ULD FPGAs

With mobile-based standards such as MIPI sweeping the design landscape, we will often find ourselves in the situation of needing to bridge between legacy interfaces and newer MIPI-based ones. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ted Marena of Lattice Semiconductor about using ultra-low-density FPGAs in mobile devices to enable us to get our other interfaces to play nicely with MIPI - with form-factors and power efficiency that are right at home in mobile devices.

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.

Lower BOM Cost, Use 32-bit Wide LPDDR4 in Consumer Applications

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the second of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses 32-bit applications and how LPDDR4 can be used most effectively.

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.

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.

From Simulation to Emulation – A Fully Reusable UVM Framework

This paper introduces an acceleration-ready UVM framework and explains why it is needed and how to create it. Readers will learn how to write block-level UVM environments that can be reused directly in emulation for block, subsystem, and system level verification. This approach has provided remarkable results in various customer environments, yielding a 50 to 5000X performance gain over pure simulation and significantly reducing testbench development time for emulation.

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.

Delivering Higher FPGA Utilization & Performance: UltraScale Architecture

Ever notice how hard it can be to get the full utilization that an FPGA datasheet promises? Xilinx is aiming to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Darren Zacher of Xilinx about the new Ultrascale FPGA family, and how the architecture has been optimized for maximum utilization.

Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Designing software for heterogeneous multicore embedded systems is a daunting challenge. Each of those words "heterogeneous", "Multicore", and "embedded" represents something that can cause a major breakdown in the normal software development flow. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous multicore embedded design.

FPGA Product Support and EOL as Past Performance Indicators

This white paper presents the factors that lead to product obsolescence decisions made by FPGA vendors and how you can use this knowledge to craft obsolescence risk mitigation plans. This paper also introduces the idea of exercising Past Performance Assessments of FPGA vendors as both a risk and cost factor in making FPGA selection in military system design.

The Rise of Serial Memory and the Future of DDR

With no plans emerging to define a "DDR5" specification, the entire memory landscape is going to change over the coming years. Serial memory technologies like Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and other schemes still in the pipeline can be expected to fill the memory needs of the future. From the beginning, Xilinx has engineered its UltraScale™ devices and platforms with the future in mind, providing a seamless transition to these newly emerging serial memory technologies.

FRAM Technology: The Next Generation of Non-volatile Memory for Microcontrollers

FRAM is one of the coolest non-volatile memory technologies to date. And, FRAM combined with microcontrollers is a perfect match. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Will Cooper of Texas Instruments about the practical implications of FRAM technology in MCUs.

Vivado Design Suite: Integrated Design Environment

Software engineers have long depended on integrated design environments (IDEs) to help manage complex design processes. Now, hardware engineers can take advantage of the same complexity-taming level of integration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton explores the IDE in Vivado Design Suite with Brian Lay of 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.

Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

For a lot of mainstream applications these days, 32-bit or even 16-bit processors are serious overkill. You can get great performance, smaller footprints, lower power consumption, and lower cost using 8-bit devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Wayne Freeman of Microchip Technology about function enablement with 8-bit MCUs.

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.

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.

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.

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Hardware/Software Co-Verification of ARM Processor-Based Designs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti of EvE about the latest in emulation technology and explains how you can use emulation to dramatically accelerate software development, which is becoming the most time-consuming part of SoC design.

High Speed Data Acquisition and Software Defined Radio Made Simple

Building a hybrid computing platform from scratch is a huge and complicated project. Luckily, somebody has already done that work for you. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Justin Braun (4DSP) about how you can use pre-designed platforms to dramatically simplify these complex computing and data acquisition problems.

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!

Vault-Driven Electronics Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ben Jordan of Altium about how to set up a robust design-for-re-use design methodology for your team that will flow nicely with your project, won’t take much effort to set up, and will bring BIG TIME long-term benefits of design re-use, configuration management, and manufacturing handoff.

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.

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.

Low-Power Estimation & Verification With ZeBu

Power consumption is one of the key drivers in system design today, and it’s about time we had a way to estimate and verify the power used by our design. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti (Synopsys) about how to verify and estimate power consumption with the ZeBu emulator.

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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The Rise of Serial Memory and the Future of DDR

With no plans emerging to define a "DDR5" specification, the entire memory landscape is going to change over the coming years. Serial memory technologies like Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and other schemes still in the pipeline can be expected to fill the memory needs of the future. From the beginning, Xilinx has engineered its UltraScale™ devices and platforms with the future in mind, providing a seamless transition to these newly emerging serial memory technologies.

The Application of FPGAs for Wireless Base-Station Connectivity

This white paper addresses the application of Xilinx FPGA technology to the implementation of internal communication networks within wireless base stations. This is a critical element of the system design within a range of base-station architectures, including conventional macrocell, high-density cell sites, CRAN configurations, and AAA configurations.

Library Creation Solutions

As designs become more complex, it's important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. Designers need an efficient way to create accurate, complex, schematic symbols and PCB footprints. EMA Design Automation has a solution to fill that need with an automated, efficient, process for creating component symbol and footprint data.

What’s New in PSpice 16.6

In this webcast Matthew Harms demonstrates the new features in version 16.6 of Cadence PSpice. Matthew covers three major areas: productivity enhancements, core enhancements, and TCL Integration. This webcast covers most of these features with an explanation and a short demonstration.

Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Designing software for heterogeneous multicore embedded systems is a daunting challenge. Each of those words "heterogeneous", "Multicore", and "embedded" represents something that can cause a major breakdown in the normal software development flow. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous multicore embedded design.

Integrated Interlaken operating at 150 Gb/s in UltraScale FPGAs

This Virtex® UltraScale™ FPGA demonstration shows the newly integrated Interlaken IP core running at 150Gb/s over 12 lanes. By integrating Interlaken, Xilinx is able to reduce power consumption, logic utilization, and design complexity for one of the most popular protocols in networking today.

Virtex UltraScale VU440 FPGA Demonstration

See the new Virtex® UltraScale™ VU440, the world’s largest FPGA, in action being used to prototype 10 ARM® Cortex®-A9 CPUs.

Lower BOM Cost, Use 32-bit Wide LPDDR4 in Consumer Applications

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the second of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses 32-bit applications and how LPDDR4 can be used most effectively.

New LPDDR4 Standard Features

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the first of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses new LPDDR4 standard features that reduce power consumption and increase performance. Low-voltage interface standard logic (LVSTL) and data byte inversion (DBI) are discussed in detail.

What’s New in Capture 16.6

OrCAD 16.6 is here. Watch this free webcast to learn what's new in the latest release of OrCAD Capture, including enhancements in productivity, usability, and features. Highlights: • Database Enhancements • CIS Explorer Improvements & Customization • Tcl Expansion • SI Integration • Improved Symbol Creation

PSpice Modeling

Join EMA for an on-demand webinar to learn more about part modeling in Cadence® PSpice®, the industry’s #1 analog simulator. We will highlight features such as creating parts from a datasheet, using vendor supplied models, and modifying existing parts.

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Ethernet in Cars

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arthur Marris introduces the next big thing in the Ethernet space—Ethernet in cars. With its high data rate, lightweight cabling, and distributed networking capabilities, as well as the fact that it is an interoperable open standard and works well with TCP/IP, Ethernet is ideal for addressing many of the challenges facing automotive engineers.

Advanced Timing Exception Multicycle Path Constraints

Learn Xilinx recommendations for constraining multicycle path constraints. Understand and apply multicycle path exception constraints in your design.

Introducing Digitally Enhanced Power Analog

Analog power has always been the standard. New digital power modules offer great flexibility, but that comes with a price. For many applications, we'd love to have the simplicity and efficiency of analog power with the features of digital power. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Stella from Microchip Technology about mixing the best of digital and analog power.

OrCAD Documentation Editor

See how the OrCAD Documentation Editor speeds the PCB documentation process while helping to avoid errors and ensure better communication.

A Faster, More Accurate Approach for System-Level Performance Verification of a Wireless RFIC Design

Wireless RFIC designers are expected to be experts on a variety of ever-changing wireless standards and protocols. They must also contend with time-consuming manual simulation setup and post-processing of the simulation results. This paper discusses how an advanced simulation methodology, involving characterization and modeling of a RFIC design, enhances both the speed and the accuracy of system-level performance verification of a wireless RFIC.

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to OrCAD PCB Designer Professional

Join EMA as Rocco Calvello takes you on a guided tour of the top reasons why engineering teams are upgrading to OrCAD PCB Designer Professional.

Guaranteeing Silicon Performance with FPGA Timing Models

Altera® timing models provide a simple and easy way to verify the timing of FPGA designs without the need to perform full physical electrical extractions and simulations. The three different operating corners available for 65-nm and newer FPGAs provide a thorough coverage of the time delays within the recommended operating conditions.

Optical Transport Networks for 100G Implementation in FPGAs

Due to their flexibility, FPGAs play a vital role for early adopters who want to design 100G systems today, prior to the standards being ratified. Altera Stratix IV GT FPGAs solve the problem for both 100G transport and 100G Ethernet by providing integrated 11.3-Gbps transceivers in the 40-nm technology node. In addition, Stratix IV GX, Arria II GX, and Arria II GZ FPGAs, and HardCopy series ASICs satisfy many application needs in OTNs and are cost-effective platforms for high-bandwidth systems

Taming the Challenges of 20nm Custom/Analog Design

Custom and analog designers will lay the foundation for 20nm IC design. However, they face many challenges that arise from manufacturing complexity. The solution lies not just in improving individual tools, but in a new design methodology that allows rapid layout prototyping, in-design signoff, and close collaboration between schematic and layout designers.

Energy-Aware Appliance Platform: A New Approach to Home Energy Control

By integrating Altia’s Design and DeepScreen GUI development tools suite, Echelon’s Power Line Smart Transceiver and ShortStack API, and the Altera Cyclone III FPGA and Nios II embedded processor, developers have a powerful platform for developing cost-effective, yet robust energy aware solutions. These solutions allow homeowners to monitor appliance energy use via a HAN, appliance manufacturers to provide improved service to customers, and utilities to lower energy consumption via the Internet.

SDNet Backgrounder

Read this document if you wish to understand the broad capabilities of Software Defined Specification Environment for Networking (SDNet) and the need for ‘Softly’ Defined Networks.

28Gbps Serial Transceiver Technology (HD 1920x1080)

Join Dr. Howard Johnson and Jack Carrel, Senior Staff Application Engineer from Xilinx as they review the new Virtex-7 HT FPGA family from Xilinx.

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.

CircuitSpace 5.0: Discover Why Design Reuse Has Never Been Easier or More Flexible

This webinar is designed for Hardware Engineers and PCB Designers requiring an easy to use, flexible, and comprehensive design reuse methodology to coexist with their current OrCAD and Allegro PCB design tools. It is intended for new users as well as current users of EMA CircuitSpace software and focuses on front-to-back reuse methodologies and incorporates the new and enhanced features of version 5.0. Learn how the CircuitSpace 5.0 feature set can expedite your PCB layout process.

Reducing Power Consumption and Increasing Bandwidth on 28nm FPGAs

Lower power consumption and higher bandwidth are now the two dominant requirements in designing next-generation high-end applications. The global trend across multiple markets is for higher bandwidth in the same footprint at the same or lower power and cost. The Internet is going mobile and video is driving bandwidth requirements at a growth rate of 50% year on year. The march to 40G and 100G systems (with 400G on the horizon) is underway to support this ever-growing bandwidth demand. Fierce competition is driving down prices. Space constraints abound, and cooling solutions often dominate the power budget, sometimes up to twice the power consumption of the electronics. The next generation of 28-nm high-end Altera® FPGAs addresses these challenges through leading-edge technological innovation, integration, and reduced power consumption.

Power Supply Transients on RTAX-S and RTSX-SU Devices

Single-event effects (SEE) during operation of power regulators can cause the output of the regulator to be as high as the regulator input for short durations, on order of tenths of microseconds. Consequently, any device that is powered by the regulator could see this supply glitch during normal operation of the device. This report summarizes the experiments and data collected to study the impact of these power supply glitches on the RTAX™-S and RTSX-SU devices on printed circuit boards.

Advanced Timing Exception Multicycle Path Constraints

Learn a little about the different types of exception constraints followed-up by a detailed look at the false path, min/max delay and case analysis constraints. We'll also review exception priority and a few tips for constraining exceptions constraints.

AXI4 Interconnect Paves the Way to Plug-and-Play IP

In the past decade, the size and complexity of many FPGA designs exceeds the time and resources available to most design teams, making the use and reuse of Intellectual Property (IP) imperative. However, integrating numerous IP blocks acquired from both internal and external sources can be a daunting challenge that often extends, rather than shortens, design time. As today's designs integrate increasing amounts of functionality, it is vital that designers have access to proven, up-to-date IP from reliable sources.


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