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How to Select the Right Digital Isolator

Many of our applications today require digital isolation to protect them - and their users - from real-world hazards like voltage spikes and incompatible voltages. But, selecting the right digital isolation solution for a given application can by tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Tony Partow of Maxim Integrated about how to select the right type of isolator for your application.

Running Out of Processing Power? No Problem.

Today's applications demand more processing power on a smaller energy budget. Advanced algorithms such as embedded vision easily overwhelm conventional SoCs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Ma of Xilinx about maximizing performance-per-watt with Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs.

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.

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.

TI LaunchPad Ecosystem

Turning your idea into a working project begins with a good development kit. Launchpad from Texas Instruments offers a robust, affordable starting point to make your next idea a reality. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Daniel Ogilvie of Texas Instruments about the latest on TI's popular LaunchPad.

Keeping Things Quiet: A New Methodology for Dynamic Range Comparator Noise Analysis

Getting analog-to-digital design right is all about dynamic comparators. And, getting dynamic comparators right is all about noise. But noise is one of the more difficult things to analyze in your tool environment. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Art Schaldenbrand from Cadence Design Systems about noise analysis in dynamic comparators. It'll help your next design rise above all the noise out there.

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.

Introduction to the New Virtuoso ADE Product Suite

Do different members of your team have different requirements and challenges for your analog design tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Lewis of Cadence Design Systems about the new capabilities in Cadence's Virtuoso ADE Product Suite - capabilities that will make everyone on your team happy.

Expanding the Backplane Ecosystem

Don’t you wish you’d chosen a more flexible and future-proof backplane technology? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Matthew Burns from Samtec about backplane systems that bring the performance and flexibility you need to keep your system running for a long, long time.

ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ -- The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards

FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC - and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make them work.

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.

Synplify FPGA Synthesis

Today's FPGAs demand a lot from your design tool environment, particularly when it comes to synthesis. With larger designs, more third-party IP, globally-distributed design teams, and increasing performance and power challenges, the demands on synthesis technology are greater than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joe Mallett of Synopsys about the latest generation of the Synopsys Synplify FPGA design tools.

M8/M12 Connector System

For industrial-grade applications, consumer-style connectors just don't cut it. You'd never use RJ45 where you really care about ruggedness or reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wess of TE Connectivity about M8 and M12 high-reliability connectivity solutions that will keep your system operating smoothly under harsh conditions.

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.

Cadence Tensilica Vision P5

Intelligent vision systems represent some of today's biggest embedded design challenges. The enormous processing power required combined with small energy budgets rules out most conventional applications processors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dennis Crespo from Cadence Design Systems about the new Tensilica Vision P5 processors - designed specifically to meet the needs of embedded vision applications.

Targeting SDR Design to Hardware

Software defined radio (SDR) design is a complex dance of hardware and software. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Noam Levine from MathWorks about how to simplify the implementation of SDR in hardware.

Enabling Embedded Vision

Embedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.

Low Light Surveillance Imaging

Designing embedded vision applications for low-light situations has to start with the right image sensor. Your vision analytics cannot identify what your camera cannot see. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Michael DeLuca from ON Semiconductor about low-light surveillance imaging.

How to Design an Automotive Power Supply

Supplying power for today's advanced automotive applications can be a tricky task. Getting the right voltages with the right tolerances and current capacities has become a complex engineering problem. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Vik Patel from Infineon about simplifying the task of automotive power supply design.

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.

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.

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Addressing the Challenges of Serial Link Design and Analysis

High-speed serial interfaces present some of the biggest challenges in board design today. Getting signal integrity right on your board with speeds into the gigabits can be tricky at best. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems about using Cadence's Sigrity analysis tool to nail your next serial interface 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!

Targeting SDR Design to Hardware

Software defined radio (SDR) design is a complex dance of hardware and software. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Noam Levine from MathWorks about how to simplify the implementation of SDR in hardware.

Cadence Tensilica Vision P5

Intelligent vision systems represent some of today's biggest embedded design challenges. The enormous processing power required combined with small energy budgets rules out most conventional applications processors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dennis Crespo from Cadence Design Systems about the new Tensilica Vision P5 processors - designed specifically to meet the needs of embedded vision applications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance Barriers

Sometimes you need your C code to run really, really fast. But for most teams, hiring hardware experts to design accelerators just isn't feasible. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Ma of Xilinx about hardware acceleration for your C applications - with no hardware design team required.

Keeping Things Quiet: A New Methodology for Dynamic Range Comparator Noise Analysis

Getting analog-to-digital design right is all about dynamic comparators. And, getting dynamic comparators right is all about noise. But noise is one of the more difficult things to analyze in your tool environment. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Art Schaldenbrand from Cadence Design Systems about noise analysis in dynamic comparators. It'll help your next design rise above all the noise out there.

ON Semiconductor Wearables Development Kit

Jump start your wearable device design with a slick wrist-worn development kit. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to AJ ElJallad of ON Semiconductor about a new development kit that will fast-track your next wearable development project.

IoT and The Power of PSpice

Today's IoT designs demand some complex mixed-mode, mixed-signal simulation to be sure that they'll work correctly across wide ranges of component variation, temperature, and other real-world conditions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Carney of Cadence Design Systems about PSpice mixed-signal simulation for IoT.

ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ -- The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards

FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC - and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make them work.

Fixed Point, Floating Point - What Are the Needs of DSP Applications?

When implementing DSP algorithms, the tradeoff between fixed- and floating-point math can have huge implications on performance and precision. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pushkar Patwardhan of Cadence Design Systems about making the critical decisions on floating-point versus fixed-point.

Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology

Ever want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that's all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that you can customize yourself.

How to Select the Right Digital Isolator

Many of our applications today require digital isolation to protect them - and their users - from real-world hazards like voltage spikes and incompatible voltages. But, selecting the right digital isolation solution for a given application can by tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Tony Partow of Maxim Integrated about how to select the right type of isolator for your application.

Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the Puzzle

The switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.

Introducing RocketSim Engine: The Fastest Digital Simulator

Speed is one of the most important attributes of a simulator today. With the rapid growth of designs, performance of the simulator can be critical in getting a project finished on time - or at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Lidrbauch of Cadence Design Systems about RocketSim, the new standard for simulation speed.

SI? Why do I Care?

Signal Integrity isn’t just for “experts” anymore. Most designs these days have high-speed interfaces that require a solid strategy for signal integrity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about simplifying signal integrity in your next system design.

Enabling Embedded Vision

Embedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.

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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.

Static Timing Analysis and Constraint Validation

Before you can even think about timing closure in your FPGA design, you have to set up timing constraints. But, being sure that you have the right constraints can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ron Plyler of Xilinx about some powerful new ways to set up and validate timing constraints on your way to timing closure with Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

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.

Simulating Systems with PSpice

Simple simulation just doesn't cut it with today's complex board designs. To manage the tradeoff between accuracy and performance, you need a variety of models with multiple levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parag Choudhary of Cadence Design Systems about simulating with PSpice.

Introducing RocketSim Engine: The Fastest Digital Simulator

Speed is one of the most important attributes of a simulator today. With the rapid growth of designs, performance of the simulator can be critical in getting a project finished on time - or at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Lidrbauch of Cadence Design Systems about RocketSim, the new standard for simulation speed.

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.

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.

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.

Enabling New Applications with NFC Connectivity and Energy Harvesting

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Greg Proehl (STMicroelectronics) about the basics of NFC technology, and they explore some interesting NFC applications as well as cool and innovative new NFC solutions from ST - including one with energy harvesting capability.

Addressing Design Challenges in Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Heterogeneous multicore systems [architectures that combine two or more different types of microprocessors (MPUs) and microcontrollers (MCUs)] are quickly becoming the defacto architecture in the embedded industry today. The quick emergence of these systems can be attributed to a number of factors.

How to Design an Automotive Power Supply

Supplying power for today's advanced automotive applications can be a tricky task. Getting the right voltages with the right tolerances and current capacities has become a complex engineering problem. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Vik Patel from Infineon about simplifying the task of automotive power supply design.

ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ -- The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards

FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC - and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make them work.

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.

How to "Shift Left" for Agile Hardware Design

Want to apply agile development techniques to hardware design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jack Erickson of MathWorks about “Shifting Left” and “Agile” as applied to your hardware engineering process.

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.


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