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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Xilinx and Ixia present 400GE and 25GE testing solutions at OFC 2015

In this live presentation from OFC 2015, Xilinx talks with Ixia about how they surmounted the many obstacles to efficient 400GE and 25GE testing by leveraging Xilinx’s All Programmable devices to get the Ixia 400GE and 25GE tester families to market quickly. Presented by Thananya Baldwin, Senior Director of Strategic Programs at Ixia and Gilles Garcia, Director of Wired Communication at Xilinx.

Connecting ZYNQ-7000 All Programmable SoCs with TE Connectivity Interconnect Products

New SoCs like the Xilinx Zynq are changing the industry - with new levels of functionality, flexibility, performance, and power efficiency. But, to take advantage of this new technology you'll need connectivity solutions that are up to the task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Bell from TE Connectivity about plugs, connectors, antennas, and other connectivity solutions for today's most demanding designs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Enable Your 500G/1T OTN Line Card Today with All Programmable FPGAs

Xilinx discusses how programmable logic provides the partial reconfiguration capabilities, large number of high speed analog IOs and mix signal capabilities to build high density, scalable and flexible 500G/1T line cards today.

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.

Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

Inductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage for inductive sensing in your next design.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Super Low Power MCUs: NanoWatt XLP Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Jason Tollefson of Microchip Technology about a radical new line of microcontrollers from Microchip that combine amazing processing capability with almost unbelievably low power consumption.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

Inductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage for inductive sensing in your next design.

Connecting ZYNQ-7000 All Programmable SoCs with TE Connectivity Interconnect Products

New SoCs like the Xilinx Zynq are changing the industry - with new levels of functionality, flexibility, performance, and power efficiency. But, to take advantage of this new technology you'll need connectivity solutions that are up to the task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Bell from TE Connectivity about plugs, connectors, antennas, and other connectivity solutions for today's most demanding designs.

Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC: Embedded Design Tutorial

To help accelerate your Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC embedded development, Xilinx has introduced a new Embedded Design Tutorial, a hands-on guide designed to help walk you through embedded system design. The guide provides opportunities to work with tools under discussion, examples and an explanation of what is happening behind the scenes.

UltraFast Embedded Design Methodology Guide (REVISED)

Xilinx is building on the success of its UltraFast™ Design Methodology with the new UltraFast Embedded Design Methodology Guide. The new Guide enables embedded design teams to improve productivity with a documented methodology for the creation of smarter systems leveraging Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs.

Enable Your 500G/1T OTN Line Card Today with All Programmable FPGAs

Xilinx discusses how programmable logic provides the partial reconfiguration capabilities, large number of high speed analog IOs and mix signal capabilities to build high density, scalable and flexible 500G/1T line cards today.

Xilinx and Ixia present 400GE and 25GE testing solutions at OFC 2015

In this live presentation from OFC 2015, Xilinx talks with Ixia about how they surmounted the many obstacles to efficient 400GE and 25GE testing by leveraging Xilinx’s All Programmable devices to get the Ixia 400GE and 25GE tester families to market quickly. Presented by Thananya Baldwin, Senior Director of Strategic Programs at Ixia and Gilles Garcia, Director of Wired Communication at Xilinx.

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.

UltraScale Integrated 100G Ethernet IP for 10x10G and 4x25G

This video demonstrates how using an integrated Ethernet MAC can save power, integration time and logic utilization while delivering the highest possible flexibility. The UltraScale™ Integrated 100G Ethernet IP supports both CAUI-4 and CAUI-10 interfaces to CFP, CFP2, CFP4 and other pluggable optics. As shown in this video, the IP can easily and dynamically swap between interfaces.

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Simulating MicroBlaze design using Synopsys VCS in Vivado

Learn how to run simulation with MicrBlaze™ IPI design using Synopsys VCS simulator in Vivado®. We will provide a demonstration on how to compile simulation libraries, generate simulation scripts for an IP or an entire project and then run simulation.

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.

OpenCL on FPGAs: Accelerating Performance and Design Productivity

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

AXI USB 2.0 Device IP Overview

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Infotainment Companion Chip Development Platform Demo

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FPGA Reliability and the Sunspot Cycle (REVISED)

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

7 Series FPGA Transceiver RX Margin Analysis

Many designers either don’t have the equipment to debug an FPGA serial link or when they do, they don’t get much information by physically probing traces on the board. Using PCI-Express as an example, this demonstration will show how to perform system margin analysis during live signal transmission without interrupting data flow.

Xilinx FPGA Embedded Memory Advantages

The Virtex®-6 and Spartan®-6 architectures feature flexible internal memory resources that can be configured in a variety of different sizes. This white paper details the available features, illustrating the wide array of memory sizes available and shows the trade-off of using different resources to perform memory functions of different sizes.

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.

Introducing the 16nm UltraScale+ Families

Xilinx’s 16nm UltraScale+™ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, combines new memory, 3D-on-3D and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies, delivering a generation ahead of value. The Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA portfolio is comprised of Xilinx’s market leading Kintex® UltraScale+ FPGA and Virtex® UltraScale+ FPGA and 3D IC families, while the Zynq® UltraScale+ family includes the industry’s first all programmable MPSoCs. Optimized at the system level, UltraScale+ delivers value far beyond a traditional process node migration – providing 2–5X greater system level performance/watt over 28nm devices, far more systems integration and intelligence, and the highest level of security and safety.

FPGA Plug-and-Play Design with the AXI-4 Common Interconnect

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Beyond the Hype: MIPS® - the Processor for MCUs

A market leader in the Digital Home and Networking sectors, MIPS has adapted its industry-standard MIPS32® architecture to address the requirements of 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) product development, offering a higher-performance, more feature-rich and lower-power solution than that offered by competing cores based on the ARM® architecture. This paper outlines the design features that are implemented in MIPS® processor cores that contribute to their industry-leading performance. Additionally, we compare and contrast MCU design solutions based on the MIPS and ARM architectures. We will provide you with the substance beyond the hype, and key considerations for choosing a MIPS processor core.

Understanding Single Event Effects (SEEs) in FPGAs

With the increasing popularity of programmable logic, FPGAs are finding their way into many applications that were once the territory of ASICs and ASSPs. At the same time, process nodes are shrinking and logic density is increasing, meaning that more of the system can be implemented in a single device. As programmable logic finds its way into avionics, communications and medical applications, designers face demands for increased reliability and safety over many of the traditional markets for FPGAs.

Effective Version Control for Electronic Design

When it comes to our hardware engineering projects, we need to keep our design data well organized. In the software world, this is accomplished with the help of version control systems. Unfortunately, most of us don’t learn version control for hardware design. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ben Jordan of Altium about how effective version control can help every step of the design process, enable team design, manage versions and configurations, and keep our project from spiraling out of control.

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