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Analog to Digital Conversion

High speed analog signals pose special challenges for analog-to-digital conversion (ADC). Applications like software-defined radio, radar, instrumentation, and high-speed wireless require ADC that is high-performance, high-accuracy, and low power. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Trent Butcher of Microchip Technology about solving the issues of high-speed ADC.

Architecture Matters: Three Architectural Insights for SoC FPGAs

New devices that combine the power and flexiblility of FPGAs and conventional processors on a single chip represent a breakthrough in capability. But, understanding the complex architecture of these sophisticated components requires us to look under the hood to see how the architecture fits our design requirements, and how to choose the right chip for our application. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Todd Koelling of Altera about what to look for in the architecture of your SoC FPGA.

Mixed Signal Verification: The Long and Winding Road

Verification of your mixed-signal design can be a nightmare, with clashing disciplines and engineering cultures, and challenging use-case requirements. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Carlson of Cadence Design Systems about a comprehensive approach to mixed-signal system verification.

MathWorks Connects to Hardware

The Maker movement is exploding right now, and most of the cool projects require doing some math. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amnon Gai of The MathWorks about using the powerful capabilities of MATLAB and Simulink in anything from your next maker hobby project to full-blown industrial designs.

Announcing Indago Debug Platform

Debugging your design should be a lot more sophisticated than a bunch of "printf" statements. But that is exactly what many development teams end up using. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adam Sherer of Cadence Design Systems about the new Indago embedded debug system. It will change the way you think about debug.

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.

Top 10 Reasons Real Signal Integrity Engineers Demand Power-Aware SI Technology

Signal Integrity analysis that doesn't consider power effects can set you up for some dangerous problems. Ground bounce and other effects can cause problems that normal SI tools won't detect. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton discusses power-aware signal integrity analysis with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems. You'll want to watch to see what your SI tool may have been missing.

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.

10 Secrets to Getting a Lower BOM Cost

Reducing your BOM costs can be a complex challenge. If your design includes programmable logic, you have a lot of powerful options for reducing cost that might not be obvious simply by looking at component costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Maureen Smerdon and Darren Zacher of Xilinx about minimizing BOM costs in your next design.

Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx

Have you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx.

Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

Want to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration.

Performance-per-Watt with FinFET-based All Programmable Architectures

Performance per watt is one of the most critical metrics for most system designers today. In the past, we could often focus on performance without thinking about power, but today's highly-constrained designs demand energy efficiency more than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen and Maureen Smerdon of Xilinx about optimizing your design for maximum performance per watt.

Altera 2.5Gb Ethernet IP

Even though the newest, fastest standards get all the press, most of the work in the world is being done by standards like 2.5G Ethernet. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juwayriyah Hussain of Altera about Altera's IP for 2.5G Ethernet. It'll have you up and running with Ethernet on your next design in no time.

Genus Synthesis Solution: Massively Parallel RTL Synthesis

Synthesis of large designs can be a major bottleneck, particularly with the number of iterations often required and the long synthesis runtimes of current generation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Stratman of Cadence Design Systems about the revolutionary new Genus massively-parallel synthesis technology. Genus promises to have an enormous impact on the synthesis bottleneck.

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.

i.MX 6SoloX – Freescale’s New Heterogeneous Multicore Applications Processor

Many applications today need both an applications processor AND a real-time MCU. But, most solutions don't offer both on the same chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amanda McGregor of Freescale about a new application processor that combines an ARM Cortex-A9 core with the efficiency and real-time capability of the Cortex-M4.

Cadence Tensilica Vision P5

Intelligent vision systems represent some of today's biggest embedded design challenges. The enormous processing power required combined with small energy budgets rules out most conventional applications processors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dennis Crespo from Cadence Design Systems about the new Tensilica Vision P5 processors - designed specifically to meet the needs of embedded vision applications.

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.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

M8/M12 Connector System

For industrial-grade applications, consumer-style connectors just don't cut it. You'd never use RJ45 where you really care about ruggedness or reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wess of TE Connectivity about M8 and M12 high-reliability connectivity solutions that will keep your system operating smoothly under harsh conditions.

Stratus™ High-Level Synthesis

High-Level Synthesis (HLS) has been gaining traction in the mainstream for the past couple of years. But, HLS is good for a lot more than just increasing development productivity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Pursley of Cadence Designs Systems about the new Stratus High-Level Synthesis technology, and how it will impact design productivity as well as the deployment and distribution of IP.

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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.

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.

Smartphone and Tablet Accessory Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton talks to David Flowers from Microchip about creating tablet and smartphone accessories - and how it just may be easier than you think...

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.

Altera Stratix 10 Security

Security is a key issue in just about every system design today. And, in FPGA-based systems you need robust security features built into the FPGA itself. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ryan Kenny of Altera discuss the new security features in Altera's Stratix 10 FPGAs and how they help you address even the most demanding security challenges.

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.

The Hardware Prototype Arrives -- Find Design Errors Fast and Improve Design Quality

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Bob Potock (Kozio) about how you can save yourself a bunch of headaches at prototype time and how Kozio’s VTOS (Verification and Test Operating System) can solve all of your embedded design prototyping problems.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

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Cadence Tensilica Vision P5

Intelligent vision systems represent some of today's biggest embedded design challenges. The enormous processing power required combined with small energy budgets rules out most conventional applications processors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dennis Crespo from Cadence Design Systems about the new Tensilica Vision P5 processors - designed specifically to meet the needs of embedded vision applications.

Introducing Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform

Emulation is critical in the development of just about every complex IC these days, but most emulation systems are burdened with proprietary standards and form factors that don't scale well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Frank Schirrmeister of Cadence Design Systems about the new Palladium Z1 datacenter-class emulation system, which was designed with the capacity and scalability required for today's most challenging designs.

Analog to Digital Conversion

High speed analog signals pose special challenges for analog-to-digital conversion (ADC). Applications like software-defined radio, radar, instrumentation, and high-speed wireless require ADC that is high-performance, high-accuracy, and low power. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Trent Butcher of Microchip Technology about solving the issues of high-speed ADC.

M8/M12 Connector System

For industrial-grade applications, consumer-style connectors just don't cut it. You'd never use RJ45 where you really care about ruggedness or reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wess of TE Connectivity about M8 and M12 high-reliability connectivity solutions that will keep your system operating smoothly under harsh conditions.

Altera 2.5Gb Ethernet IP

Even though the newest, fastest standards get all the press, most of the work in the world is being done by standards like 2.5G Ethernet. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juwayriyah Hussain of Altera about Altera's IP for 2.5G Ethernet. It'll have you up and running with Ethernet on your next design in no time.

MatrixCam Video Development Kit from ON Semiconductor

Cameras are an important part of many IoT projects these days, but developing a camera subsystem from scratch is a complex and demanding engineering task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Radhika Arora from ON Semiconductor about MatrixCam - a new development kit that will have your camera-based project up and running in no time.

Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx

Have you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx.

Tensilica Fusion DSP for IoT, Wearables, Communications

IoT and wearable designs often require big DSP processing power on a tiny energy budget. But, conventional processors are not well suited to these kinds of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Chris Rowen of Cadence Design Systems about Tensilica customized DSP processors that are ideally suited for these demanding IoT tasks.

Genus Synthesis Solution: Massively Parallel RTL Synthesis

Synthesis of large designs can be a major bottleneck, particularly with the number of iterations often required and the long synthesis runtimes of current generation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Stratman of Cadence Design Systems about the revolutionary new Genus massively-parallel synthesis technology. Genus promises to have an enormous impact on the synthesis bottleneck.

Announcing Indago Debug Platform

Debugging your design should be a lot more sophisticated than a bunch of "printf" statements. But that is exactly what many development teams end up using. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adam Sherer of Cadence Design Systems about the new Indago embedded debug system. It will change the way you think about debug.

Stratus™ High-Level Synthesis

High-Level Synthesis (HLS) has been gaining traction in the mainstream for the past couple of years. But, HLS is good for a lot more than just increasing development productivity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Pursley of Cadence Designs Systems about the new Stratus High-Level Synthesis technology, and how it will impact design productivity as well as the deployment and distribution of IP.

Performance-per-Watt with FinFET-based All Programmable Architectures

Performance per watt is one of the most critical metrics for most system designers today. In the past, we could often focus on performance without thinking about power, but today's highly-constrained designs demand energy efficiency more than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen and Maureen Smerdon of Xilinx about optimizing your design for maximum performance per watt.

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Market-Specific Custom IC Solutions

When it comes to custom IC design, one size most definitely does not fit all. Different applications call for specialized IP, tools, and even semiconductor processes. But, sorting through the options can be a daunting process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pavel Klinger from GLOBALFOUNDRIES about market-specific solutions that can get your product to market faster and with lower risk than ever.

Design Made Easy With Mixed-Signal FPGAs and State of the Art Software Tools

This paper examines the evolution path for FPGAs with embedded processors, and the design tools that support them, and considers whether engineers need to evolve their techniques to accommodate the integrated silicon or whether they can continue to manage their boundaries at the silicon level instead of the board level. New techniques are available in the embedded mixed‐signal FPGA design flow, but do they smooth the adoption of a fully integrated device? Find out by reading the White Paper.

New Episode - Design Starts and Revisions - Designing With Altium Series

Find out more about Altium Designer, Altium’s development of Vault-Driven Electronics Design and Designing with Altium by watching this video series.

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.

Power Supply Management in High-Availability Systems

One of the most basic (and most often overlooked) aspects of high-reliability system design is getting reliable power to all of our components. We need the right kind of power at the right places - at the right times, and in the right order. We need to handle power-up, power-down, and reset cases (among others). It can be really complicated. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Wendy Lockhart of Microsemi about how to handle power management for high-reliability systems.

Abstract and Conquer: A New Alternative to Hierarchical Timing Analysis Tech Packet

Actel FPGAs for Handheld Portable Applications

The portable electronics market is booming, and the continuing demand for smaller, more portable devices poses design challenges as end-users want more features, improved performance plus longer battery life. Actel’s nonvolatile flash FPGAs are unique in their ability to meet all the demands of the portable electronics designer: low active and static power consumption, small footprint packages, design security, higher integration, and live at power-up operation.

Mixed-Signal Power Management: Bridging the Analog-Digital Divide with Mixed-Signal FPGA Graphical Design Configuration Methodology

The management of power at the system level is a challenge faced by all system designers, but designers face a daunting divide between digital and analog when considering tools, practices, and methodologies. A new methodology developed by Actel, implemented in a new design tool, addresses the challenges, and eliminates barriers to delivering user-configurable mixed-signal power management without the need to reprogram circuit design changes to implement configuration changes.

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.

Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx

Have you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx.

Introduction to SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs

This short video gives an overview of the SmartFusion™ intelligent mixed signal FPGAs introduced, including the microcontroller subsystem (MSS), analog compute engine (ACE) and FPGA.

Embedded Design Verification Best Practices Short Video

Watch this short video on Embedded Design Verification Best Practices and learn how to verify embedded designs for correctness and reliability utilizing a NEW approach employing a Verification and Test OS (VTOS™).

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.

High Voltage, Precision, Battery Stack Monitor

The LTC®6802 is a highly integrated multicell battery monitoring IC, capable of measuring up to 12 individual battery cell voltages. Using a novel serial data communication technique, multiple LTC6802s can be stacked in series without optocouplers or isolators, allowing precision voltage monitoring of every cell for 1000V+ systems. With high ESD, EMI and noise immunity, the LTC6802 stands up to real world conditions in a range of automotive and industrial applications.

Maximize Design Productivity With PCIe/104 FPGA/Processor

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christine Van De Graaf of Kontron, who explain how Kontron is incorporating pre-made, small form factor boards, a high-performance embedded processor programmable logic into their new MSMST board and how we can get started designing with one.

Memory Testing 101 – Avoid the Train Wreck

Memory is fundamental to the “sanity” of an embedded system. Inadequate memory testing is posing critical challenges to designers and indirectly manifesting considerable consequences at some of the biggest names in the electronics business. Today’s embedded systems consist of multiple memory types including SDRAM, LPDDR2, DDR3, FLASH, EEPROM and more, along with multiple protocols including GPIO, PCI, SPI and I2C. This paper will review a comprehensive and flexible Verification and Test Operating System (VTOS™) solution that includes a suite of memory tests that verifies the design for correctness and production readiness.

Enabling New Applications with NFC Connectivity and Energy Harvesting

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Greg Proehl (STMicroelectronics) about the basics of NFC technology, and they explore some interesting NFC applications as well as cool and innovative new NFC solutions from ST - including one with energy harvesting capability.


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