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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

Assertion-Based Emulation Using Veloce

This paper describes the assertion-based verification approach along with its benefits and uses. It further explains the advantages of emulation, especially for very large and complex SoCs, and how Veloce® assertion synthesis improves the emulation of SoCs that include assertions and helps reduce the time to verification closure. The Veloce compiler synthesizes logic for the assertions along with the design under test (DUT) and maps them into the emulator, making emulation faster.

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!

TripleCheck VIP

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Ruben discusses TripleCheck verification IP (VIP) and how it allows engineers to know they have a thoroughly tested design that complies with the interface specification.

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.

Physically Aware Synthesis Techniques to Lower Power, Improve Timing, Congestion & Correlation

Synthesis is the single most important step in creating a high-quality implementation of our design. But, we can't expect our synthesis tool to produce the best results without considering the very important effects of routing delay introduced by placement and routing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with David Stratman of Cadence about how to apply physically-aware synthesis techniques to improve the overall quality of your design.

Xilinx at ARM TechCon 2014: Booth demonstration presented by National Instruments

Eric Myers, Product Manager for Embedded Products, National Instruments, demonstrates the Airbus Smart Tools concept for their Factory of the Future using the NI System on Module (SOM).

Five Ways to Build Flexibility into Industrial Applications with FPGAs

System complexity continues to increase in industrial designs such as communications, motor control, I/O modules and image processing. Read how FPGAs offer the ability to integrate an entire SoC at a lower cost compared to discrete MCU, DSP, ASSP, or ASIC solutions. Whether used as a coprocessor or SoC, FPGAs offer the following advantages for your industrial applications: · Design integration to simplify and reduce cost · Reprogrammability to adapt industrial designs to evolving protocols · Performance scaling to meet your system requirements. · Obsolescence protection through long FPGA life cycles and device migration

Power-Aware Verification in Mixed-Signal Simulation

This paper presents the basic concepts of power-aware verification in mixed-signal simulation and applies them to the verification of a tire pressure monitoring system SoC, with the power architecture described in UPF. Many SoCs are mixed-signal in nature and have power-regulation functionality on the chip. Verifying such designs with mixed-signal simulation in power-aware mode complements digital verification by producing accurate results for the power management and analog units of a design.

Advanced System Management with Analog Non-volatile FPGAs

A system management device is critical to the successful power up, configuration, maintenance and power down of the system. As system complexity increases, the requirements of these devices are growing and features such as instant-on, analog capability, and flexibility are crucial. Read how a robust system management design incorporates a wide variety of tasks in both the analog and digital domain including power rail management, environmental condition management, and analytics for diagnostics and prognostics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OrCAD Now! Signal Integrity Presentation

Learn about the unique multi-tiered strategy to board analysis & verification designed to enable designers of all skill levels to analyze their PCB designs early in the development cycle when the cost of change is the lowest. This will also show how Cadence has created a multi-tier analysis environment that lets designers start with a set of pre-defined Electrical Rule Checks (ERC) that can be run on the board to quickly identify areas of interest or concern all without the need for any complex models or configurations.

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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.

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.

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.

Advanced Smart Display Solutions

In today's mobile designs, displays are one of the most important components in differentiating your product. As a result, more people are designing high-resolution displays into mobile devices. But, adding a high-res display to your design can be a complex task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Pavel Klinger (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) about GLOBALFOUNDRIES' solutions for the new generation of high-resolution smartphone displays.

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.

Value of Power Modules

Today, the cool kids aren’t using discrete components for power anymore. Nope. They’re using power modules. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Rich Nowakowski and Kevin Beals (Texas Instruments) about power modules, and why they’re the best solution for a wide range of design projects.

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.

Adding Wi-Fi to Your FPGA Design - Building a Connected Device

In the first episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Bob Potock from Altium as they add Wi-Fi to an FPGA-based embedded system.

latest papers and content

Power-Aware Verification in Mixed-Signal Simulation

This paper presents the basic concepts of power-aware verification in mixed-signal simulation and applies them to the verification of a tire pressure monitoring system SoC, with the power architecture described in UPF. Many SoCs are mixed-signal in nature and have power-regulation functionality on the chip. Verifying such designs with mixed-signal simulation in power-aware mode complements digital verification by producing accurate results for the power management and analog units of a design.

Assertion-Based Emulation Using Veloce

This paper describes the assertion-based verification approach along with its benefits and uses. It further explains the advantages of emulation, especially for very large and complex SoCs, and how Veloce® assertion synthesis improves the emulation of SoCs that include assertions and helps reduce the time to verification closure. The Veloce compiler synthesizes logic for the assertions along with the design under test (DUT) and maps them into the emulator, making emulation faster.

SoC Interconnect Verification

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett discusses the VIP Catalog solution for SoC Interconnect Verification. Two products are provided: the Interconnect Validator, which monitors fabric behavior, and the Interconnect Workbench for performance analysis. The combined solution delivers functional verification along with latency and bandwidth analysis to fine-tune interconnect performance.

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 effecitvely, 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.

OrCAD Now! Signal Integrity Presentation

Learn about the unique multi-tiered strategy to board analysis & verification designed to enable designers of all skill levels to analyze their PCB designs early in the development cycle when the cost of change is the lowest. This will also show how Cadence has created a multi-tier analysis environment that lets designers start with a set of pre-defined Electrical Rule Checks (ERC) that can be run on the board to quickly identify areas of interest or concern all without the need for any complex models or configurations.

OrCAD Now – PSpice

This presentation is on the benefits of using PSpice® in an integrated OrCAD flow. For new users, it covers how to get started and where to find working examples. The next step is where to find specific models and how to create them if they’re not available anywhere. Finally it will go deeper into the tool to see how it can help us if we run into trouble by identifying parts that are close to failure.

Xilinx Product Teardown at ARM Tech Con: What's In There Besides Zynq SoCs?

Watch Steve Leibson, Editor of the Xilinx Xcell Daily Blog, moderate two product tear downs featuring the National Instruments Virtual Bench and the Cloudium Integrated Media Processing Platform.

Xilinx at ARM TechCon 2014: Booth demonstration presented by National Instruments

Eric Myers, Product Manager for Embedded Products, National Instruments, demonstrates the Airbus Smart Tools concept for their Factory of the Future using the NI System on Module (SOM).

TripleCheck VIP

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Ruben discusses TripleCheck verification IP (VIP) and how it allows engineers to know they have a thoroughly tested design that complies with the interface specification.

3D Design and Viewing = STEP Support

With the PCB Editor’s 3D Viewer, the user can see a true 3D graphical view of the PCB. The capability of including enclosures associated with the board is also provided for positioning and collision detection. See how OrCAD PCB Editor makes that possible and allows you to bridge the gap between ECAD and MCAD with STEP model support.

Verification IP Productivity Tools

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett talks about Cadence Verification IP (VIP) productivity tools in the VIP catalog. These tools, PureView and TripleCheck, help engineers better match their VIP to their design under test ensuring better verified designs.

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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...

Simplify Video Processing with IP Cores and Low-Power FPGAs

Need to get your video processing systems up and running faster? Developing these applications typically requires implementing and connecting several complex functions. Watch this 5-minute video to learn about pre-verified, configurable building blocks that simplify and accelerate the process for building a complex video chain.

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The standard that governs the design of avionic components and systems, DO-254, is one of the most poorly understood but widely applicable standards in the avionic industry.

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Achieving Lowest System Power with Low-Power 28nm FPGAs

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Reducing Total System Cost with Low-Power 28nm FPGAs

Altera® Cyclone® V FPGAs help designers reduce total system cost in a number of ways. Designers benefit not only from TSMC’s 28-nm Low Power (28LP) manufacturing process, but also from the architectural decisions that have gone into the Cyclone V device family and the array of powerful productivity-enhancing tools featured in Altera’s design tool ecosystem. With Cyclone V FPGAs, customers not only enjoy the lowest cost of ownership in the industry, but the widest array of low-cost parts available—from 25K logic elements (LE) to 301K LEs—and the only 28-nm solution under 100K LEs.

Reduce Verification Complexity in Low/Multi-Power Designs

The increasing demand for highly reliable products covers many industries, all process nodes, and almost all design implementations. To satisfy this demand, reliability requirements are growing in all market segments.Accurate and repeatable reliability verification is now a critical capability, both for advanced nodes and for increasingly complex products being produced at established nodes. Read more of this whitepaper to learn how to create an easy-to-use, automated verification solution for low-power and multi-power domain designs.

Building a Custom Verification GUI with System Console

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How to select specific rule checks for a Calibre DRC run

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IGLOO FPGA Product Brief

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Extending Transceiver Leadership at 28nm

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Low-power design used to be an afterthought. Today, however, we need to consider power throughout the entire design cycle - from RTL all the way through GDSII. And, we can have significant impact on overall power consumption with optimizations at just about every stage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete Hardee of Cadence about a holistic approach to low-power design.

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