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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.

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.

Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Achieve DDR3 Signoff With Power-Aware Timing Analysis

Cadence and EMA have collaborated to provide a unique power-aware DDR timing sign off flow for complete cycle-accurate system level simulation and analysis. You can now sign off on your entire DDR interface with total confidence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

What is Electrically Aware Design?

For years, layout tools have focused on the pins and wires, the "froms" and "tos", the segments and nets - without considering that they were really creating a complex electrical circuit. Today, however, the electrical properties of our layout is critical, and issues like parasitic resistance and capacitance can have a dramatic effect on our final design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Stabenow of Cadence about electrically-aware design with Cadence's Virtuoso.

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.

Vivado In-System Debug

Today's complex FPGA designs can be challenging to debug. If you're debugging in hardware, you need both visibility and control of what's going on inside your chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ron Plyler of Xilinx about doing hardware debug in Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

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.

Software Debug Using Lauterbach TRACE32 on Veloce with Physical and Virtual Probes

This whitepaper discusses how the Lauterbach tools and Veloce emulator can work in both virtual and physical environments to give a consistent view for software debug. By connecting to either the virtual debug interfaces (used in models and simulators) or by connecting to physical debug hardware (used by FPGA prototypes and silicon), the Veloce emulator allows users to bridge the gap between the two environments, choosing the one applicable to their needs and position in the design flow.

The Vault

Professional engineering projects require professional working practices. When we're designing things to be manufactured in volume, it's critical that we keep track of versions and revisions, collaborate and communicate effectively, and hand-off the right materials to manufacturing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sam Sattel of Altium about Altium's "Vault" - which makes those professional practices a whole lot easier and smoother.

Accelerating Your Analog Output Design

Eventually, most of our designs need to control something in the real world. That means we have to bust out of our safe little digital realm, and drive some analog actuators or something similar. But, building that analog output section from scratch can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about the Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit (MAXREFDES24EVSYS), a complete platform for easy evaluation that requires no lab equipment.

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.

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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.

Accelerated Design Productivity with the Kintex-7 FPGA Display Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia gets into the guts of display technology with Aaron Behman of Xilinx. From the newest standards to the details of 4K2K, we will tell you how FPGAs are uniquely capable of meeting the extreme performance and power challenges posed by current and emerging video standards.

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.

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.

Maximizing Battery Life with TI's Wolverine Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ryan Hoium (Texas Instruments) about about TI’s revolutionary Wolverine technology and a new series of ultra-low power MCUs that will change the way we think about batteries in our embedded designs.

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.

Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how you can get started designing with them.

Hierarchical Design Flows: Design Preservation & Team Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with David Dye of Xilinx about how Hierarchical Design methodologies and Team Design can accelerate your next FPGA design and get those team members of yours working productively together. With these tools and techniques, two million logic elements won't seem like that much after all.

latest papers and content

Reducing System BOM Cost with Xilinx's Low-End Portfolio

A system’s bill of materials is made up of interdependent component costs, meaning a holistic approach is required to ensure lowest overall BOM cost. With a balance of the right features and capabilities, Xilinx’s Low-End All Programmable Portfolio offers system designers numerous cost-reduction strategies for high volume applications in the industrial, medical, automotive, consumer, and communications markets, among others. This white paper discusses these strategies with a variety of application examples.

SDSoC Development Environment: Optimization & Debug

Part 2 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews implementation challenges and how SDSoC helps solve those challenges, take a fully implemented design and modifying it to further optimize the accelerated functions. Then reviews how SDSoC enables interactive debug on an implemented design running on an evaluation board.

SDSoC Development Environment: Estimation & Implementation

Part 1 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews the challenges in implementing a system in a Zynq® SoC device and how SDSoC helps resolve those challenges. Then the video shows a demo of SDSoC on an example design to generate performance estimate and run a full design implementation using those estimates, and verifying the results achieved on the evaluation board.

Xylon: Face detection C-callable RTL IP with MicroZed vision kit

Xylon demonstrates face detection C-callable RTL IP with the MicroZed kit at Embedded World 2015

SDSoC Development Environment Demo

This video demonstrates how to create a simple image processing pipeline to detect motion, and to insert motion-edges into a live HD 1080p video stream running at 60 frames per second.

Massive DDR4 Memory Bandwidth with Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs

As FPGA designers, we are always looking for the maximum performance and flexibility in our designs. But, commodity DDR3 memory can be a bottleneck in many systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen of Xilinx about the amazing performance you can get combining DDR4 with Xilinx FPGAs.

SDSoc Development Environment Backgrounder

This backgrounder describes the features and benefits of the SDSoC™ Development Environment. The SDSoC development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use an Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment. Complete with the industry’s first C/C++ full-system optimizing compiler, SDSoC delivers system level profiling, automated software acceleration in programmable logic, automated system connectivity generation, and libraries to speed programming. It also enables end user and 3rd party platform developers to rapidly define, integrate, and verify system level solutions and enable their end customers with a customized programming environment.

Introducing the SDSoC Development Environment

The SDSoC™ development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment.

Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

To verify your next system design, you'll need a lot of use cases. But, creating, tracking, sharing, and running those use cases can be a nightmare. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Larry Melling of Cadence Design Systems about the new Cadence Perspec System Verifier and how you can take advantage of its power and flexibility in your system-level design verification.

Multiplying the Value of 16nm with UltraScale+ Devices: Staying a Generation Ahead

Xilinx is multiplying the value of 16nm with UltraScale+™ FPGAs, 3D ICs, and MPSoCs through key memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing technologies and by leveraging the successful UltraScale architecture at 20nm. This paper describes in detail how to leverage key processing elements, connectivity interfaces, and other domain-optimized capabilities in the latest UltraScale+ portfolio for a broad range of application domains including wireless & waveform processing, packet processing & transport, video & image processing, high performance computing, and connected control.

UltraScale + 16nm Technology and Portfolio Backgrounder

Learn about new memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies introduced in Xilinx’s new 16nm UltraScale+™ portfolio of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, collectively delivering a generation ahead of value for next generation systems. This backgrounder describes the innovations introduced in the Kintex®, Virtex®, and Zynq® UltraScale+ families and how they address a broad broad range of next generation applications, including LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

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Motor Efficiency Depends Upon Power Factor

Electric motor efficiency is taking center stage these days not only because the potential power savings are significant, but also because the technology for achieving them is now available. This white paper discusses the factors that are critical in achieving overall system power savings, taking into consideration the rectifier that conditions input power from the AC mains and the variable frequency inverter drive electronics of the motor. Active power factor correction for the rectifier used in modern motor drives is required to keep the generated line harmonics within regulatory limits and reduce wasted power. Mixed-signal FPGAs, by doing many calculations in parallel, can perform better than other possible motor control and power factor correction implementations.

Building a Hardware and Software Project Targeting the Zynq ZC702 Evaluation Kit

Watch as we show you how easy it is to build a Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC hardware and software project, targeting the Zynq ZC702 Evaluation kit, using Vivado® Design Suite and board-aware IP Integrator (IPI). See the advantages of the board-aware features of Vivado and build a complete hardware and software design example in just a few minutes and download it to the ZC702 board.

Hardware Programmability

Learn how FPGAs allow you to customize for your specific needs while enabling you to protect your differentiation in the marketplace.

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.

UltraFast™ Design Methodology Guide for the Vivado Design Suite

This Guide discusses a design methodology process to follow in order to achieve an efficient and quicker design implementation, and to derive the maximum value from Xilinx devices and tools.

Efficient Product Creation with Allegro and Sigrity Solutions

Being a PCB Expert isn't enough anymore. With today's interconnected systems, you need to design at the product level to be competitive. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about product design with Cadence's Allegro and Sigrity tools.

Xilinx Agile Mixed Signal

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Steve Logan (Xilinx ) and they're going to tell you all about Agile Mixed Signal, and how it can dramatically improve the capabilities of your next FPGA design.

The UltraFast Design Methodology for the Vivado Design Suite

The UltraFast™ Design Methodology is a comprehensive design methodology enabling accelerated and predictable design cycles, delivered through the Vivado® Design Suite, a methodology guide, design checklist, self-training video, instructor-led courses, and third party tools & IP cores.

Introducing VTOS for Embedded Hardware Verification

An environment for functional testing, peeking and poking memory, bus discovery and a powerful scripting because today’s embedded hardware design tools do not address the design test and verification process for prototype hardware, hardware engineers are forced to resort to in-house tools or application OS based testing, resulting in poor test coverage. This paper presents a new hardware test and verification process, based on a Verification and Test OS (VTOS™). VTOS is a user configurable test platform, requiring no porting and can be testing new prototype hardware in 30 minutes. VTOS provides an environment that includes functional tests, peeking and poking memory mapped locations, bus discovery and a powerful scripting language.

Targeting Zynq Using Vivado IP Integrator

Learn how Vivado® IP Integrator can be used to rapidly configure a Zynq® processor and connect it via AXI4 to a video accelerator running in the programmable fabric of the device. Using built in board aware design rule checks and designer automation, Vivado can greatly improve user productivity.

Single-Event Upsets (SEUs) and Medical Devices

Medical devices are not only susceptible to nature’s cosmic rays, but also must operate in radiation environments found in modern medical facilities. As evidence of these effects mounts, designers of medical devices must now also consider SEU susceptibility when choosing the technology that will form the basis for their products. This paper defines what the risks are and explains ways to mitigate and avoid these risks within programmable logic.

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.

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.

Scaling Up to TeraFLOPs Performance with the Virtex-7 Family and High-Level Synthesis

This white paper provides an overview of fixed- and floating-point DSP coding techniques, ranging from RTL to the Xilinx portfolio of IP and tools. It also describes advances with High-Level Synthesis (HLS) tools, like AutoPilot, how FPGA designs can benefit from coding in a “natural language” like C or C++, and how easily FPGAs can be programmed by a large community of software programmers.

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.

Hardware Accelerated H.264 Video Encoding using VAAPI on the Intel® Atom™ Processor E6xx Series

The Intel® Atom™ Processor E6xx Series for the embedded devices market includes the POWERVR* VXE core that provides video encoding capabilities, allowing to encode high definition video streams in the highly compressed H.264 format with a very low main CPU utilization, releasing the general purpose processor for other parallel workloads. This processor feature is available to application developers by means of the open Video Acceleration API (VAAPI [1]). This paper explains how the VAAPI can be applied to a real time video encoding task, explaining the VAAPI function calls flow, and the corresponding parameters.


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