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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.

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.

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.

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Overview

Building on the industry’s first All Programmable SoC, Xilinx is enabling a generation ahead of integration and intelligence with unprecedented levels of heterogeneous multi-processing system on chip and delivering 5X system-level performance per watt. By combining the right engines for the right tasks, Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC provides a flexible, scalable processing platform with the highest levels of security and safety.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cadence Tempus Timing Signoff Solution

Achieving timing closure for signoff can be a daunting challenge in today's complex designs. Meeting timing under all conditions - with the certainty required for signoff - is a complex and demanding task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about the special challenges of signoff timing closure, and Cadence's new Tempus timing analysis tool.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

10GBASE-KR Electrical Conformance with Virtex®-7 FPGAs

7 series FPGA GTH transceivers have achieved 100% electrical conformance to the 10GBASE-KR standard. In this video you'll see a Virtex®-7 FPGA pass the specification's receiver interference tolerance test over a 24" backplane.

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.

Using the Vivado Timing Constraint Wizard

Learn how the timing constraints wizard can be used to “completely” constrain your design. The wizard adheres to the UltraFast™ design methodology defining your clocks, clock interactions, and finally your input and output constraints. In this video, you will see the wizard transform a partially constrained design into a fully constrained design that passes timing.

Xilinx and ARM: Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC

Ian Ferguson, VP of Segment Marketing at ARM, introduces the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC as the result of a strong partnership between ARM and Xilinx. He discusses how Zynq is opening up new markets for ARM and is alleviating the need for a multi-chip solution in many applications. Ferguson also speaks to Zynq's compatibility with leading operating systems and tools, and challenges designers to develop new and creative ways to design with a Zynq-7000 SoC.

“Smart” Connected Home Entertainment with Android

Experience the SmartCE (Connected Entertainment) for Android platform from MIPS Technologies in this new video demonstration. The SmartCE Platform enables MIPS licensees and their customers to bring differentiated connected entertainment solutions to market quickly.

Drive the Automotive Market with a Distinct Advantage: Xilinx Automotive Spartan-6 FPGAs

Just about 10 years ago, you could count on one hand the number of electronic systems in an automobile. Today, it is difficult to find a single system in a car that isn't electronic or at least electromechanical, as car manufacturers look beyond engine block size and body design to electronics to differentiate their offerings. Xilinx(r) Automotive (XA) Spartan(r) FPGAs are playing an increasingly important role in this auto electronics revolution.

Putting Low Power and Flexibility Where It Matters Most: Handheld Portable Applications

In the short span of three decades, electronics have not only proliferated in our world, but have also gotten smaller and more portable. The march of Moore’s Law has brought portability to the consumer, industrial, military, medical and other markets.

All Programmable Abstractions Backgrounder

New All Programmable Abstractions initiative improves productivity of hardware designers and empowers systems and software developers to directly leverage Xilinx All Programmable devices. These abstractions have already proven to accelerate development of complex FPGAs and SoCs up to 15X over traditional RTL flows. To learn how you and your development team can take advantage of the right abstraction to fit your design needs, read the backgrounder.

Overcome the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs

Many of today's high-performance board designs have complex timing constraints, and meeting all those constraints can be a significant design challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about advanced design techniques with PADS that will help get you to design closure faster and with fewer headaches on complex, highly-constrained boards.

Building a New Type of IP Factory

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

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.

Leveraging OpenCV and High-Level Synthesis with Vivado

Learn about the OpenCV libraries and typical applications, the advantages of Zynq-7000 AP SoC and implementing OpenCV design, how HLS and video libraries can be used in the process and a demonstration of an example design. For More Vivado Tutorials please visit: www.xilinx.com/training/vivado

Xilinx SDNet: A New Way to Specify Network Hardware

This paper, written by The Linley Group, examines Xilinx’s SDNet specification environment and its role, both in defining elements in Software-Defined Networks, and in implementing reconfigurable network elements in both control plane and data plane.

Design @ MachXO2 Speed

Just about every design needs one - that magic, do-anything part that can connect nearly any two things together and can aggregate all those messy, left-over functions on our board. Today's low density PLDs have remarkable capabilities at a tiny cost and power budget. In this episode of Chalk Talk HD Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Hossner (Lattice Semiconductor) about the amazing capabilities of Lattice’s latest low density PLD line, the MachXO2.

How to Design a Sigma Delta Mixer Circuit

In parts 1 & 2 of this 3-part Chalk Talk series, we talked about how Triad Semiconductor can save you 75%, or even as much as 99% in your next mixed-signal ASIC design. But, what good is savings if you don't know what you can design with it? In this third episode of our 3-part Chalk Talk series, Amelia and Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor have fun taking ViaDesigner out for a spin - designing a sigma delta mixer.


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