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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.

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.

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.

New Approaches to Hardware Acceleration Using Ultra Low Density FPGAs

Ask system designers to list the problems they face – it doesn’t matter whether they’re building mobile consumer, automotive, industrial, medical or scientific applications – and inevitably they’ll mention optimizing host processor performance. It’s hardly surprising. The event-driven architecture of these MPUs allows them to multitask and address new priorities as they occur. But as the number of I/O continues to rise, it also places escalating demand on bandwidth. Tasked with managing a wider array of I/O as well as other system-wide command and control functions, today’s host MPUs must remain operational for longer periods of time, thereby consuming precious power and compute resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OpenCL on FPGAs for GPU Programmers

In this white paper, Acceleware introduces parallel programming targeting Altera® FPGAs using the OpenCL™ framework to graphics processing unit (GPU) programmers. This white paper provides a brief overview of OpenCL, discusses the Altera FPGA architecture and its benefits, and explains how OpenCL kernels are executed and optimized on FPGAs versus GPUs.

Navigating the FDA Approval Process for Your Software Based Medical Device

Understand how to get your product to market within product launch schedules. Review challenges companies face as they seek FDA approval and review guidance and resources to assist with successfully navigating the approval process. Learn about a number of important areas including premarket submissions, documentation, verification and validation (V&V), user experience and human factors design, and cybersecurity.  Presented by Steve Robertson with Mentor Graphics Embedded Software.  

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.

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.

Building a New Type of IP Factory

Reliable IP blocks are essential to the success of most modern SoC and custom IC designs. But finding a reliable, reputable source of verified IP can be challenging. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Kevin Yee (Cadence Design Systems) about Cadence's substantial IP offerings

Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family

Your design needs to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), doesn't it? Connecting your device to the rapidly expanding IoT opens up a wide world of potential new capabilities. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andreas Eieland (Atmel) about some amazing new devices that can dramatically simplify the task of getting your next design into the IoT party.

Accelerating System Bandwidth with FPGAs and Hybrid Memory Cube

Move over DDR, the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) is here! But, from a design perspective, care and feeding of the amazing HMC can be a lot more demanding than DDR. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Manish Deo of Altera explain how powerful FPGAs can help you tame the HMC in your next design.

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!

SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Demo: Code Shadowing from SPI Flash to SDR Memory User’s Guide

This demo design shows SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA device capabilities for code shadowing from serial peripheral interface (SPI) flash memory to single data rate (SDR) synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) and executing the code from SDR SDRAM. Code shadowing is a booting method that is used to execute an image from external faster volatile memories (DRAM) and is the process of copying the code from nonvolatile memory to volatile memory for execution. In performance critical applications, execution speed can be improved by code shadowing where code is copied to higher throughput RAM for faster execution.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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Building a New Type of IP Factory

Reliable IP blocks are essential to the success of most modern SoC and custom IC designs. But finding a reliable, reputable source of verified IP can be challenging. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Kevin Yee (Cadence Design Systems) about Cadence's substantial IP offerings

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.

Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA

In this Chalk TalkHD Amelia talks to David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel Atom™ processor with an Altera Arria FPGA built right into the package.

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.

Integrated Power and System Management

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Shyam Chandra of Lattice Semiconductor about an integrated approach to system and power management that will lighten your design load, improve your overall system design, and probably lower your total cost at the same time.

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.

Verification Methodologies (Made Easy)

Most FPGA designers don’t know much about formal methodologies for verification. It’s too bad, because today’s complicated FPGA designs can really take advantage of standardized methodologies like UVM. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia and Jerry Kaczynski (Aldec) are going to unscramble the anagrams and get you on your way to understanding and harnessing the power of universal verification methodologies - so you can start applying them to your next design.

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.

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15Gb/s HMC Interface for UltraScale Devices

Watch a demonstration of the industry's first 15Gb/s HMC interface by Xilinx and Pico Computing at the International Supercomputing Conference.

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.

Leading Up to PCI Express 4.0

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Rubin discusses the history of the PCI Express standard. Moshik starts with PCIe Gen1, which originated in 2002, and walks through the doubling of throughput offered by each new generation, ending with PCIe Gen4.

Selecting an Operating System (OS) for Embedded Application

It seems these days, just about every embedded system has some type of operating system. And there are more options today as to which OS to choose. Is open source your best choice? What about a free RTOS? In this paper, learn the pros and cons of the many OS options available today and how to select the right OS for your next embedded project.

Navigating the FDA Approval Process for Your Software Based Medical Device

Understand how to get your product to market within product launch schedules. Review challenges companies face as they seek FDA approval and review guidance and resources to assist with successfully navigating the approval process. Learn about a number of important areas including premarket submissions, documentation, verification and validation (V&V), user experience and human factors design, and cybersecurity.  Presented by Steve Robertson with Mentor Graphics Embedded Software.  

Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

Building a robust prototype involves a lot more than just throwing a bunch of big FPGAs on a board or in a box. In fact, success of a prototype is a lot more about the system surrounding the boards - the tools, design flow, and IP that make the whole thing come up easily and work smoothly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the new Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform from Cadence, and how it can simplify your prototyping process.

Internet of Things (IoT) Design Considerations for Embedded Connected Devices

Embedded connectivity has been around since the early days of M2M. But what is new are the many complexities and emerging standards embedded system developers need to know if they are to design the latest IoT device. This paper delves into many of the key considerations developers need to know and discusses the critical areas of IoT security and connectivity along with the importance of a proven RTOS.

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.

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.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek Ultra 4K Tool Box

David Ackroyd, Business Development Director for OmniTek demonstrates an an Ultra 4K Tool Box that includes conversions from 4K to/from SD including quad 3G-SDI.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek OZ 745

Michael Hodson, President of OmniTek, demonstrates their Scalable Video Pipeline and the Real-time Video Engine OZ 745 development platform which is based on the Zynq® 7045 AP SoC.

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OpenCL on FPGAs for GPU Programmers

In this white paper, Acceleware introduces parallel programming targeting Altera® FPGAs using the OpenCL™ framework to graphics processing unit (GPU) programmers. This white paper provides a brief overview of OpenCL, discusses the Altera FPGA architecture and its benefits, and explains how OpenCL kernels are executed and optimized on FPGAs versus GPUs.

EasyPath-6 Technology: Fast, Simple, Risk-Free FPGA Cost Reduction

Virtex®-6 FPGAs are the industry's leading platform for designing complex systems in the fields of wired and wireless communication, storage, computing, instrumentation, automotive, industrial, and medical. Virtex-6 FPGAs not only deliver the most attractive set of features and functionality and the fastest time to market advantage, they are also paired with EasyPath™-6 technology, the fastest path to cost reduction.

Test Vehicle Demonstration Of Stacked Silicon Interconnect Technology

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Xilinx 4x100G Transponder Reference Design

Learn about Xilinx's 4x100G Transponder Reference Design running on the VC730 OTN Test Development Platform.

User-Customizable ARM-Based SoC FPGAs for Next-Generation Embedded Systems

This white paper discusses Altera’s programmable system-on-chip (SoC) approach to ARM-based embedded system implementation. The single-chip approach can be of particular value to embedded systems developers facing stringent time-to-market, cost, performance, design reuse, and longevity requirements.

Hierarchical Timing Analysis: Pros, Cons, and a New Approach

As digital semiconductor designs continue to grow, designers are looking to hierarchical methodologies to alleviate huge runtimes. This approach allows designers to select and time certain blocks of logic, generating results more quickly and with fewer memory resources. However, these benefits come at the cost of accuracy. This paper covers the pros and cons of different hierarchical analysis approaches, as well as options for avoiding the inherent tradeoffs to achieve efficiency and accuracy.

A Safety Methodology for ADAS Designs in FPGAs

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are the next wave of innovations to make driving on our more and more congested roads safer. This white paper discusses the use of Altera(r) FPGAs in safety-critical ADAS that have better performance requirements than commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. It looks at the general safety concept of such applications and provides examples on how to implement certain diagnostics in the FPGA to detect faults in the application.

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.

Taking Advantage of Advances in FPGA Floating-Point IP

Recently available FPGA design tools and IP provide a substantial reduction in computational resources, as well as greatly easing the implementation effort in a floating-point datapath. Moreover, unlike digital signal processors, an FPGA can support a DSP datapath with mixed floating- and fixed-point operations, and achieve performance in excess of 100 GFLOPS. This is an important advantage, for many high-performance DSP applications only require the dynamic-range floating-point arithmetic in a subset of the total signal processing.

Balancing Power, Performance, and Cost with Arria V FPGAs

If you ever had to make the tough decision between performance and power, watch this webcast. Our Arria® V FPGAs have been optimized to ensure you have the performance you need at the lowest power. Get insight into the Arria V FPGA architecture, the I/O and transceiver capability, and how we help you reduce the cost of your entire system.

MachXO2 Overview

Watch the 5-minute MachXO2 Overview Video to: See an overview of the MachXO2 product family, learn how MachXO2 lowers cost, lowers power and integrates system functionality, all in a small package, see how easy it is to start designing with MachXO2 devices with free design tools, IP trials and reference designs.

Building a Custom Verification GUI with System Console

Want to know how to easily create GUI dashboards to interact with your design? Watch this new demo to learn how to: Add run-time visibility into your FPGA systems, access available run-time information using Tcl, a flexible command language, create your own custom verification tool using graphical elements such as buttons, dials, and graphs and develop solutions ranging from simple scripts to sophisticated GUI applications

Xilinx Redefines Power, Performance, and Design Productivity with Three New 28 nm FPGA Families:Virtex-7, Kintex-7, and Artix-7 Devices

Three new Xilinx product families leverage the unprecedented power, performance, and capacity enabled by TSMC's 28 nm high-k metal gate (HKMG), high performance,low power (HPL) process technology and the unparalleled scalability afforded by the FPGA industry's first unified silicon architecture to provide a comprehensive platform base for next-generation systems. Read this whitepaper to learn more.

The Importance of IP at STMicroelectronics

Peter Hirt, IP Procurement & IP Partnership Manager at STMicroelectronics, details the role of IP in advanced node designs, IP provider requirements and Cadence's comprehensive IP portfolio.

Using External Memory Interfaces to Achieve Efficient High-Speed Memory Solutions

Because a fast and robust memory interface is crucial for many designers, Altera provides the fastest, most efficient, and lowest latency memory controllers, which allow designers to work with today’s higher speed memories quickly and easily. Designing with Arria V FPGAs not only helps to make designs successful but also ensures that implementation is fast and easy.

No Room for Error: Creating Highly Reliable, High-Availability FPGA Designs

Designers of FPGAs for military and aerospace applications need to increase the reliability and availability of their designs. This is particularly true in the case of mission-critical and safety-critical, high-reliability and high-availability FPGA design including: FPGA design and verification flows, methodologies, processes and standards, architectural and algorithmic exploration, geographically distributed design teams, IP selection and verification, DO-254 compliance and much more.

Seven Steps to an Accurate Worst-Case Power Analysis Using Xilinx Power Estimator (XPE)

Power and cooling specifications for an FPGA design have to be determined early in the product’s design cycle, often even before the logic within the FPGA has been designed. An accurate worst-case power analysis early on helps you avoid the pitfalls of overdesigning or underdesigning your product’s power or cooling system

Providing Battery-Free, FPGA-Based RAID Cache Solutions

RAID adapter cards are critical data-center subsystem components that ensure data storage and recovery during power outages. Battery-backed designs have hazardous waste disposal, shelf life, and maintenance issues, but recent advances in FPGA and flash-memory technologies support lower power memory backup designs that are powered by ultra capacitors. This paper provides an overview of the supporting component technologies that support such environmentally-friendly data recovery solutions.


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