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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New LPDDR4 Standard Features

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the first of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses new LPDDR4 standard features that reduce power consumption and increase performance. Low-voltage interface standard logic (LVSTL) and data byte inversion (DBI) are discussed in detail.

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.

Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Designing software for heterogeneous multicore embedded systems is a daunting challenge. Each of those words "heterogeneous", "Multicore", and "embedded" represents something that can cause a major breakdown in the normal software development flow. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous multicore embedded 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.

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.

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.

Infineon's 8th Generation of RF Transistors Maximize Receiver Sensitivity and Range

If you're designing systems that use the latest WiFi standards, you know that a great RF transistor with high gain and low noise is key to good performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Andrew Nelson of Infineon about the latest in high-performance RF transistors - Infineon's new 8th generation.

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.

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.

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.

The Application of FPGAs for Wireless Base-Station Connectivity

This white paper addresses the application of Xilinx FPGA technology to the implementation of internal communication networks within wireless base stations. This is a critical element of the system design within a range of base-station architectures, including conventional macrocell, high-density cell sites, CRAN configurations, and AAA configurations.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spartan-6 FPGAs in Video Designs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with Tom Hill and Maureen Smerdon of Xilinx about how Spartan-6 FPGAs can accelerate your next video design, and how adding embedded vision to those designs is getting easier and easier.

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.

Digital Predistortion for Base Station Power Amplifiers

In this episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Todd Nelson from Linear Technology about how digital predistortion (DPD) can be used to save millions of dollars worth of power in base station designs. DPD is simple to apply, and has a dramatic impact on the power amplifier - the most power-hungry part of modern base stations. In this Chalk TalkHD you'll hear how DPD works and how you can apply it to your next design.

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Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

The Rise of Serial Memory and the Future of DDR

With no plans emerging to define a "DDR5" specification, the entire memory landscape is going to change over the coming years. Serial memory technologies like Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and other schemes still in the pipeline can be expected to fill the memory needs of the future. From the beginning, Xilinx has engineered its UltraScale™ devices and platforms with the future in mind, providing a seamless transition to these newly emerging serial memory technologies.

The Application of FPGAs for Wireless Base-Station Connectivity

This white paper addresses the application of Xilinx FPGA technology to the implementation of internal communication networks within wireless base stations. This is a critical element of the system design within a range of base-station architectures, including conventional macrocell, high-density cell sites, CRAN configurations, and AAA configurations.

Library Creation Solutions

As designs become more complex, it's important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. Designers need an efficient way to create accurate, complex, schematic symbols and PCB footprints. EMA Design Automation has a solution to fill that need with an automated, efficient, process for creating component symbol and footprint data.

What’s New in PSpice 16.6

In this webcast Matthew Harms demonstrates the new features in version 16.6 of Cadence PSpice. Matthew covers three major areas: productivity enhancements, core enhancements, and TCL Integration. This webcast covers most of these features with an explanation and a short demonstration.

Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Designing software for heterogeneous multicore embedded systems is a daunting challenge. Each of those words "heterogeneous", "Multicore", and "embedded" represents something that can cause a major breakdown in the normal software development flow. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous multicore embedded design.

Integrated Interlaken operating at 150 Gb/s in UltraScale FPGAs

This Virtex® UltraScale™ FPGA demonstration shows the newly integrated Interlaken IP core running at 150Gb/s over 12 lanes. By integrating Interlaken, Xilinx is able to reduce power consumption, logic utilization, and design complexity for one of the most popular protocols in networking today.

Virtex UltraScale VU440 FPGA Demonstration

See the new Virtex® UltraScale™ VU440, the world’s largest FPGA, in action being used to prototype 10 ARM® Cortex®-A9 CPUs.

Lower BOM Cost, Use 32-bit Wide LPDDR4 in Consumer Applications

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the second of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses 32-bit applications and how LPDDR4 can be used most effectively.

New LPDDR4 Standard Features

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the first of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses new LPDDR4 standard features that reduce power consumption and increase performance. Low-voltage interface standard logic (LVSTL) and data byte inversion (DBI) are discussed in detail.

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SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Demo: Error Detection and Correction of eSRAM Memory User’s Guide

This demo is intended to demonstrate the error detection and correction (EDAC) capabilities of SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA on the embedded SRAM. The EDAC controllers implemented in SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs support single error correction and double error detection (SECDED). All memories within the microcontroller subsystem (MSS) of the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA are protected by SECDED.

Faster Wiring and Harness Design

Does your electrical design software just do the basics? Or does it take the complexities of today's designs out of the task and save you time and money? This short white paper outlines the top ten highlights of how new tools make wiring and harness design faster and better.

How Nvidia Is Speeding Up Timing Closure of Advanced-Node Application Processors

Designed for applications including tablets, smartphones, gaming cards, and supercomputers, Nvidia's high-performance, advanced-node application processors have stringent power and performance requirements and complex clocking schemes. In this video, Santosh Navale, a physical design engineer at Nvidia, talks about how Cadence® Encounter® Digital Implementation System CCOpt technology has improved concurrent datapath and clock optimization, the timing closure process, and overall chip performance. With CCOpt technology, Nvidia has been able to meet its tough design goals.

Secure Foundations

In a world where attacks on electronic systems can be conducted remotely, security is a vital component of system design. Even systems that do not have to store personal or commercially confidential data now have to be designed with security in mind to prevent their core intellectual property (IP) from being copied and reused illegally. In these examples, we can see the two elements of electronic system security: design security and data security. Increasingly, the two depend on each other.

High Performance Computing Using FPGAs

For over a quarter of a century, Xilinx® FPGAs continue to be the platform of choice for designing programmable systems. Due to their inherent flexibility, Xilinx FPGAs have been used in programmable solutions such as serving as a prototype vehicle as well as being a highly flexible alternative to application-specific integrated circuits. This white paper describes the various use models for applying FPGAs in High Performance Computing (HPC) systems.

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.

Transferring High-Speed Data over Long Distances with Combined FPGA and Multichannel Optical Modules

Today’s copper-based high-speed serial interfaces can deliver data at multi-gigabit rates. Data transfer rates exceeding 100 Gbps are possible by using multiple lanes in parallel, but are limited in the distance they can travel. One approach that improves the distance is to use optical interconnects rather than copper. Altera Corporation and Avago Technologies Inc. have jointly developed a solution that combines an FPGA and optical transmitter and receiver modules into a single integrated solution that can replace copper interconnects and multiple card-edge optical transceivers.

I/O Design Flexibility with the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC)

The FPGA’s inherent flexibility has proven indispensable for the creation of external I/O interfaces. However, unless I/O is implemented on a daughter card (mezzanine module), replacing the physical I/O components and connectors requires changing the FPGA board design. To avoid these costs, designers have historically relied on the PCI™ Mezzanine Card (PMC) and Switched Mezzanine Card (XMC) standards. The problem is that these were developed years ago for general purpose solutions such as single-board computers— not FPGAs.

It’s Easy to Protect Your Embedded System from Theft

If you have invested years and millions of dollars in the design of an embedded system (and in the creation of the Intellectual Property, or IP, that goes along with the design) it can be of critical importance to protect that system from unauthorized duplication or theft. After all, it’s much easier to steal something as complex as a multi-million gate FPGA design than to create, debug, and test it. The protection of an embedded system that uses FPGAs, is particularly relevant since FPGAs have become the platforms of choice for innovation.

Simulating Zynq BFM design using Synopsys VCS in Vivado

Learn how to run simulation with ZYNQ® BFM IPI design using Synopsys VCS simulator in Vivado®. We will provide a demonstration on how to compile simulation libraries, generate simulation scripts for an IP or an entire project and then run simulation.

Allegro FPGA System Planner

The Cadence Allegro FPGA System Planner addresses the challenges that engineers encounter when designing one or more large-pin count FPGAs on the PCB board. By replacing manual error-prone processes with automatic pin assignment synthesis, this unique placement-aware solution eliminates physical design iterations while speeding optimum pin assignment.

Single-Event Upsets (SEUs) and Medical Devices

Medical devices are not only susceptible to nature’s cosmic rays, but also must operate in radiation environments found in modern medical facilities. As evidence of these effects mounts, designers of medical devices must now also consider SEU susceptibility when choosing the technology that will form the basis for their products. This paper defines what the risks are and explains ways to mitigate and avoid these risks within programmable logic.

Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA

In this Chalk TalkHD Amelia talks to David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel Atom™ processor with an Altera Arria FPGA built right into the package.

Infotainment Companion Chip Development Platform Demo

Davor Kovacec, CEO of Xylon, demonstrates a flexible host-interfacing platform. Co-developed with Xilinx Premiere Alliance Member Xylon, the Spartan-6 FPGA Infotainment Companion Chip Targeted Design Platform enables flexible interfacing on a rapid development cycle.

Xilinx FPGA Embedded Memory Advantages

The Virtex®-6 and Spartan®-6 architectures feature flexible internal memory resources that can be configured in a variety of different sizes. This white paper details the available features, illustrating the wide array of memory sizes available and shows the trade-off of using different resources to perform memory functions of different sizes.

Intelligent PDF Generation

Often times it is necessary to share design information with other project members or partners who may not have access to a schematic capture tool or who you don’t want to have access to your design database. Creating a PDF is a perfect solution for this matter. Learn about how this new free OrCAD app enables you to create intelligent searchable PDFs.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek Ultra 4K Tool Box

David Ackroyd, Business Development Director for OmniTek demonstrates an an Ultra 4K Tool Box that includes conversions from 4K to/from SD including quad 3G-SDI.

Guaranteeing Silicon Performance with FPGA Timing Models

Altera® timing models provide a simple and easy way to verify the timing of FPGA designs without the need to perform full physical electrical extractions and simulations. The three different operating corners available for 65-nm and newer FPGAs provide a thorough coverage of the time delays within the recommended operating conditions.


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