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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.

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.

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.

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.

A Methodology for High-Speed Nanometer Transceiver Verification, Validation, and Characterization

This paper provides a short introduction to a 20 nm transceiver implementation supporting data rates up to 28.1 Gbps, outlining the circuit verification challenges, and introducing a new methodology for circuit validation and characterization across operational, environmental, and process conditions. Details of the validation flow are provided along with the results obtained by using the new methodology.

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.

Blu Wireless Boosts SystemC Design and Verification Productivity Using High-Level Synthesis Technology

As SoCs continue to grow in size and complexity, the SystemC design language has emerged as an effective means of design verification. High-level synthesis (HLS), in turn, is proving to be an ideal methodology to increase SystemC design and verification productivity. This paper presents a case study of how Blu Wireless Technology ramped up quickly with a working prototype of its WiGig millimeter wave baseband technology via a streamlined design and verification process based on SystemC and HLS.

A Complete Analog Design Flow for Verification Planning and Requirement Tracking

Verifying designs to meet all specifications across all process corners has become an intractable problem from the perspective of debugging, managing, tracking, and meeting verification goals. Implementing a CDV methodology for analog designs can evolve analog design and verification to a standard process-based method that can be tracked and its progress measured. This paper aims to extend common traits of CDV as used in digital verification to analog verification.

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.

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.

Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

The most important factor in getting great performance from your FPGA design is optimization in synthesis and place and route. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Owens of Synopsys about the latest techniques for getting the most performance out of your design tools, and therefore out of your FPGA design.

What’s New in OrCAD PCB Editor 16.6

In this webcast Rocco Calvello, demonstrates the new features in version 16.6 of OrCAD PCB Editor. Rocco covers four major areas: operating system support, productivity enhancements, route interconnect optimization, DFM, and database & interface enhancements. Many of the productivity enhancements Rocco explains also have short demos so you can see them in action.

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.

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.

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.

Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

To verify your next system design, you'll need a lot of use cases. But, creating, tracking, sharing, and running those use cases can be a nightmare. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Larry Melling of Cadence Design Systems about the new Cadence Perspec System Verifier and how you can take advantage of its power and flexibility in your system-level design verification.

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.

Cognitive Layering Technique for Low-Energy, Sensor-Rich Devices

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Chris Rowan talks about techniques for optimizing power in sensor-based IoT devices and always-on subsystems.

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.

Shaving Weeks Off PCB Design Cycle Via Auto-Routing

To keep up with product refresh cycles as well as quality expectations, the Polycom hardware team decided it was time to move to auto-routing of their PCB boards, using tools including OrCAD Capture CIS for schematic design entry and synchronization/validation of parts data, Allegro PCB Designer for constraint-driven design, and Allegro PCB Router for auto-routing.

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.

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High-Reliability in FPGA Design - SEU Mitigation

Neutrons are coming for you and you'd better be prepared. Whether we like it or not, SEUs (Single Event Upsets) are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for our designs, especially for high realibility systems. If you thought SEUs couldn't mess up your next design because you aren't designing something destined for space, you need to think again. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, I chat with Jeff Garrison of Synopsys about the how we can battle SEUs (on the ground or in the air) with the latest generation of design tools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's the Software, Silly! - Success with FPGA-based Prototyping

Software is becoming a larger and larger part of our system-on-chip (SoC) designs. It is critical that we be able to begin developing and debugging software as early as possible in the design cycle. But, the hardware part of today's complex designs takes months to stabilize. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the tight relationship between software and emulation and how you can achieve success in your SoC design with a comprehensive emulation strategy.

FPGA Prototyping with the Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Evan Leal of Xilinx about their new Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit, all the cool stuff that’s included and how we can use it to speed up our FPGA Prototyping.

Accelerated Design Productivity with the Kintex-7 FPGA Display Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia gets into the guts of display technology with Aaron Behman of Xilinx. From the newest standards to the details of 4K2K, we will tell you how FPGAs are uniquely capable of meeting the extreme performance and power challenges posed by current and emerging video standards.

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Cognitive Layering Technique for Low-Energy, Sensor-Rich Devices

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Chris Rowan talks about techniques for optimizing power in sensor-based IoT devices and always-on subsystems.

Using the ARM AMBA Protocol

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Avi Behar follows up on his earlier video on the ARM® AMBA® protocol family. Watch this video for a deep dive on each of the protocols in the ARM AMBA family to learn how they are commonly used.

Xylon: Face detection C-callable RTL IP with MicroZed vision kit

Xylon demonstrates face detection C-callable RTL IP with the MicroZed kit at Embedded World 2015

SDSoC Development Environment Demo

This video demonstrates how to create a simple image processing pipeline to detect motion, and to insert motion-edges into a live HD 1080p video stream running at 60 frames per second.

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.

Shaving Weeks Off PCB Design Cycle Via Auto-Routing

To keep up with product refresh cycles as well as quality expectations, the Polycom hardware team decided it was time to move to auto-routing of their PCB boards, using tools including OrCAD Capture CIS for schematic design entry and synchronization/validation of parts data, Allegro PCB Designer for constraint-driven design, and Allegro PCB Router for auto-routing.

SDSoc Development Environment Backgrounder

This backgrounder describes the features and benefits of the SDSoC™ Development Environment. The SDSoC development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use an Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment. Complete with the industry’s first C/C++ full-system optimizing compiler, SDSoC delivers system level profiling, automated software acceleration in programmable logic, automated system connectivity generation, and libraries to speed programming. It also enables end user and 3rd party platform developers to rapidly define, integrate, and verify system level solutions and enable their end customers with a customized programming environment.

Introducing the SDSoC Development Environment

The SDSoC™ development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment.

Major Enhancements of the PCIe Gen 4 Specification

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Sandeep Brahmadathan talks about the latest enhancements of PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 4 and how these enhancements address the goals of increased bandwidth while maintaining software compatibility and keeping power consumption and implementation costs down.

How the Productivity Advantages of High-Level Synthesis Can Improve IP Design, Verification, and Reuse

Engineering teams are under more pressure than ever before as SoCs grow more complex and design schedules become increasingly tighter. With its productivity advantages, high-level synthesis (HLS) has long been touted as part of the solution, but its sweet spot has traditionally been limited to datapath-centric blocks. Moreover, design productivity is only one part of the equation. Verification is often an even bigger hurdle. This paper discusses how HLS can be used to improve the design, verification, and reuse of intellectual property (IP). The paper also introduces a new HLS tool that provides excellent power, performance, and area (PPA) results across the digital design space.

Blu Wireless Boosts SystemC Design and Verification Productivity Using High-Level Synthesis Technology

As SoCs continue to grow in size and complexity, the SystemC design language has emerged as an effective means of design verification. High-level synthesis (HLS), in turn, is proving to be an ideal methodology to increase SystemC design and verification productivity. This paper presents a case study of how Blu Wireless Technology ramped up quickly with a working prototype of its WiGig millimeter wave baseband technology via a streamlined design and verification process based on SystemC and HLS.

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