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Signoff-Driven Timing Closure ECO in the Synopsys Galaxy Platform

Increasing design complexities and the rapidly increasing number of scenarios impede the timing closure process. ECO techniques that have good single-pass fix rates can reduce the number of iterations through the extraction, implementation, and final signoff loop for fastest timing closure.

New Approaches to Hardware Acceleration Using Ultra Low Density FPGAs

Ask system designers to list the problems they face – it doesn’t matter whether they’re building mobile consumer, automotive, industrial, medical or scientific applications – and inevitably they’ll mention optimizing host processor performance. It’s hardly surprising. The event-driven architecture of these MPUs allows them to multitask and address new priorities as they occur. But as the number of I/O continues to rise, it also places escalating demand on bandwidth. Tasked with managing a wider array of I/O as well as other system-wide command and control functions, today’s host MPUs must remain operational for longer periods of time, thereby consuming precious power and compute resources.

Configurable 10/40G Ethernet Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arthur Marris discusses configurable options for Cadence 10/40G Ethernet MAC, integrated PCS, and SerDes IP.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Accelerating Open Source Security Using OpenCL & Altera FPGAs

Today's FPGAs offer interesting potential for accelerating performance- and power-critical operations such as security algorithms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ryan Kenny of Altera about using FPGAs to accelerate open source security algorithms written in OpenCL.

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.

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.

Enabling High-Speed Radio Designs With Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs

This white paper describes the capabilities of Xilinx® 7 series All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs to implement high-clock-rate signal processing functionality typically used by the datapath of digital radio applications.

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.

Cadence Low Power Solution - RTL to GDSII Low Power Design

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.

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.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

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.

Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

Building a robust prototype involves a lot more than just throwing a bunch of big FPGAs on a board or in a box. In fact, success of a prototype is a lot more about the system surrounding the boards - the tools, design flow, and IP that make the whole thing come up easily and work smoothly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the new Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform from Cadence, and how it can simplify your prototyping process.

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

Scripted Flows in Vivado Design Suite

When you're using a new tool for the first time, a good GUI is great to have, but once you're up and running and automating a complex design process, scripted flows offer a much more powerful means of controlling your tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ron Plyler of Xilinx explore scripted flows in the Vivado design suite.

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.

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.

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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.

Timing Closure in FPGA Designs Made Easy with PlanAhead

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Frederic Rivoallon of Xilinx and they attempt to unravel the mysteries of timing closure and reveal that yes, you can get timing closure right the first time in your next design.

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.

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.

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.

What is Design Security in a Mainstream SoC?

Do you worry about security in your FPGA design? Are there bad guys out there trying to take advantage of security holes in your electronic designs? What can we do to stop them? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Tim Morin (Microsemi) about the practical aspects of security in mainstream SoC FPGAs - what threats are out there and what we can all do to help keep the bad guys at bay.

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.

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.

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Configurable 10/40G Ethernet Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arthur Marris discusses configurable options for Cadence 10/40G Ethernet MAC, integrated PCS, and SerDes IP.

Flexible Design Reuse and Replication for PCB Editor

As PCB Designs become more complex and project timelines more compressed, it is important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. See a quick introduction to CircuitSpace and learn how this productivity tool can help you reduces PCB layout time by up to 50%.

Automated Impedance and Coupling Checks

Cadence Sigrity Technologies provide the signal integrity and power analysis solutions needed for system-level verification and interface compliance so you can sign off in confidence. In this video you will learn how Sigrity makes it easy to quickly run Impedance and coupling checks on your design to identify areas of concern. In this example OrCAD PCB Editor was used as his tool of choice but the options are not limited to that. No models needed!

How to Automatically Replace LEF Abstracts with GDS IP

Physical Verification or other downstream analysis flow of P&R design data which only includes routing layers can miss issues caused by the current device level IP which is only represented by LEF abstracts. However, replacing the LEF IP abstracts with the current GDS version provided by layout teams can easily be merged with the DEF routing information and output to disk or in memory during Calibre Physical verification. This video steps through an example showing how to run this Calibre utility to merge the GDS data with DEF.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

Multi-Board Electrical and Thermal Co-Simulation Using PowerDC

Cadence Sigrity PowerDC allows the users to predict the correct DC voltage drop based on the operating temperature of that region of the electronic product's printed circuit board. This demo will show you how to use PowerDC to do multi-board electrical and thermal co-simulation.

TimingDesigner: Complex Diagrams

This video showcases TimingDesigner capabilities, especially for building complex diagrams. It will cover derived clocks, derived signals, and differentially ended signals which will include state decodes, measure events, guarantees and skews. Lastly it will cover complex diagram capabilities in the parameter spreadsheet.

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.

How to easily setup Calibre in Virtuoso for multiple cell windows

This video shows how to setup Calibre Interactive to quickly select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso. Previously there was not a convenient way to setup Calibre Interactive when you wanted to run Calibre in different cells that are simultaneously open in the same Cadence session but now the Layout Cell Browser capability in Calibre Interactive provides an easy and convenient way to select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso.

How to Debug Double Patterning results using Calibre RealTime

This video shows how to easily debug Double Patterning results in Calibre RealTime by using the CTO file to assign different highlight colors to the warning and conflict ring results and to the mask1 and mask2 output layers.

Choosing the Right NAND Flash Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Lou Ternullo walks you through the steps to select the right NAND Flash solution and ensure it meets the requirements of your design.

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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.

Artix-7 FPGA Transceiver: The Industry's Most Capable Transceiver in a Low-End Device

In this video you’ll see the FPGA industry’s only low end transceiver solution—the Artix-7 FPGA transceiver—that provides auto-adaptive equalization, 2D Eye Scan, and IBIS-AMI simulation models to simplify high speed serial design for cost-sensitive applications.

Developing Software for Embedded Systems on FPGAs

FPGAs are becoming more common in embedded design. See how easy it is to develop embedded system software for FPGAs using the popular Nios® II soft processor. In this 5-minute video you'll learn about the software development flow for the Nios II processor and see the Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone® II Edition, in action. You'll also see a graphic demo showing the high performance of the Nios II processor with hardware accelerators.

IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ravi Mahatme from ARM and King Ou from GLOBALFOUNDRIES about how IP and process solutions can help solve our power management problems.

MachXO2 Overview

Watch the 5-minute MachXO2 Overview Video to: See an overview of the MachXO2 product family, learn how MachXO2 lowers cost, lowers power and integrates system functionality, all in a small package, see how easy it is to start designing with MachXO2 devices with free design tools, IP trials and reference designs.

Designing an IP Camera with a Single, Low-Cost FPGA

Put an FPGA at the heart of your system, and you can develop a network surveillance camera with a single chip. Working with industry partners including Apical, Altera has developed a full video surveillance solution that includes silicon and intellectual property.

Gate-Level Simulation Methodology

It is critical that teams begin GLS as early in the design cycle as possible, that the simulator run in high-performance mode, and that a proven simulation methodology be in place. This white paper explores new simulator use models and methodologies that boost GLS productivity, including extraction via static timing analysis and linting. Using these approaches, designers can focus on verifying real gate-level issues rather than waste expensive simulation cycles on re-verifying working circuits.

Implementing Always-On Audio

In this week’s Whiteboard Wednesdays episode, Gerard Andrews, from the Tensilica Audio DSP Group at Cadence, discusses always-on audio functionality. Gerard details features like voice trigger, sensor fusion, and low-power audio playback, and explains how Cadence’s HiFi DSP solution can help you successfully implement always-on audio technology in today’s mobile devices.

Injecting Automation into Verification - Assertions

What we will show in this webinar is how we can leverage Assertions, including the pre-defined, pre-tested OVL libraries, to automate the verification process further. What we will also show is the way in which the Assertion Manager will create pre-configured checkers as well as how to debug the results of an assertion failing. As the monitoring of the Assertions is done fully automatically by the simulator this further reduces the load of the engineer during verification and regression.

SoC FPGA Product Overview Advance Information Brief

Altera's 28-nm Cyclone® V and Arria® V SoC FPGAs feature a hard processor system (HPS) containing a microprocessor unit (MPU) with a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processor, a rich set of peripherals, a multi-port memory controller, and FPGA fabric. The tight integration between the HPS and FPGA fabric supports over 100-Gbps peak bandwidth with integrated data coherency between the processors and the FPGA. The included set of hardened embedded peripherals eliminates the need to implement these functions in programmable logic, leaving more FPGA resources for application-specific custom logic. This combination delivers the flexibility of programmable logic with the power and cost savings of hard IP.

Using Vivado with Xilinx Evaluation Boards

Learn how the board-aware features of the Vivado® Design suite can be used to quickly configure and implement designs targeting Xilinx Evaluation Boards. See how the IP Integrator presents all of the possible IP interfaces into the Board and how they can easily be configured and connected in your design. See how all of the logical and physical parameters and constraints are automatically assigned and passed to the downstream implementation tools.

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.

Automotive Top Ten - Ten Points to Consider When Using Logic in Your Next Automotive Design

Automotive electronics designers have been turning more frequently to programmable logic solutions to meet the needs of their next generation designs. FPGAs offer time-to-market benefits along with simplified qualification and greater flexibility in comparison to historic ASIC-based solutions. Actel is a leading supplier of FPGAs to the automotive industry. Actel parts are being used in the most demanding mission-critical systems, such as powertrain and safety subsystems, in addition to infotainment and body electronics designs.

User-Customizable ARM-Based SoC FPGAs for Next-Generation Embedded Systems

This white paper discusses Altera’s programmable system-on-chip (SoC) approach to ARM-based embedded system implementation. The single-chip approach can be of particular value to embedded systems developers facing stringent time-to-market, cost, performance, design reuse, and longevity requirements.

Vivado Design Suite Backgrounder

The Vivado™ Design Suite is a new IP and system-centric design environment that accelerates design productivity for the next decade of All-Programmable devices. Download the whitepaper to learn more.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

Using SATA for SOC Solutions on 40-nm Transceiver FPGAs

With applications needing to store more data for longer periods of time, SATA provides an efficient, cost-effective storage interface. Watch this 7-minute video for a demo showing how easy it is to take advantage of the data storage capabilities of SATA using 40-nm transceiver FPGAs.

The Power of Tcl in PlanAhead

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tori Darien from Xilinx about using Tcl in Xilinx’s PlanAhead tool for FPGA design. Amelia throws her some examples, and Tori walks us through how to work them using PlanAhead’s Tcl interface.


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