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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.

Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx

Have you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Market Shift to Integrated Physical Prototyping

FPGA-based physical prototyping is the go-to standard for high-performance, high-productivity verification, debug, and software development on many electronic systems today. But, it is becoming increasingly difficult to put together an ad hoc prototype mixing pieces from various vendors with home-grown components. With the complexity of today's systems, an integrated prototyping system can bring significant advantages. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neil Songcuan of Synopsys about the powerful HAPS integrated prototyping solution.

Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made Easy

Designing the DC/DC power supply for your design is almost never the fun part. And, designing a good power supply can be a complex engineering challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tenille Medley of Texas Instruments about simplifying industrial power design. It may just make your next design project a lot easier.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Analog to Digital Conversion

High-speed analog signals pose special challenges for analog to digital conversion (ADC). Applications like software-defined radio, radar, instrumentation, and high-speed wireless require ADC that is high-performance, high-accuracy, and low-power. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Trent Butcher of Microchip Technology about solving the issues of high-speed ADC.

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.

UltraRAM: Massive On-Chip Memory for FPGAs and MPSoCs

There is a significant gap between FPGA on-chip memories and off-chip memories that causes problems in some applications. What we need to fill that gap are much larger on-chip memory resources to fill that need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen of Xilinx about the new UltraRAM blocks in Xilinx FPGAs and Zynq MPSoCs.

Altera 2.5Gb Ethernet IP

Even though the newest, fastest standards get all the press, most of the work in the world is being done by standards like 2.5G Ethernet. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juwayriyah Hussain of Altera about Altera's IP for 2.5G Ethernet. It'll have you up and running with Ethernet on your next design in no time.

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.

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.

Six Hidden Costs of Wireless SoC Design

Modules offer an attractive alternative to wireless SoCs in many situations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, AD chats with Joe Tillison from Silicon Labs about six hidden costs of doing a wireless SoC design.

Introducing Kinetis Motor Suite

Do you want to design in a motor without having to become an expert in motor control? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Phillip Drake of NXP about simplifying motor control with Kinetis. It'll have your motor spinning in no time.

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.

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Tensilica Fusion DSP for IoT, Wearables, Communications

IoT and wearable designs often require big DSP processing power on a tiny energy budget. But, conventional processors are not well suited to these kinds of applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Chris Rowen of Cadence Design Systems about Tensilica customized DSP processors that are ideally suited for these demanding IoT tasks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

How to Build Custom Motor Controllers for Processors, FPGAs and SoCs

Controlling motors in your design can be a complex business. Most engineers are focused on other aspects of the design, but are not experts in motor control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Cigan of MathWorks about simplifying the motor control design process. We'll have you up and spinning in no time!

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.

The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETs

Are your power MOSFETs struggling to keep up with the demands of your system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Speed of Fairchild Semiconductor about the new Fairchild 100V PowerTrench MOSFETs. With the efficient performance of these new transistors, your MOSFET worries may be over.

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.

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.

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.

Six Hidden Costs of Wireless SoC Design

Modules offer an attractive alternative to wireless SoCs in many situations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, AD chats with Joe Tillison from Silicon Labs about six hidden costs of doing a wireless SoC design.

Introducing Kinetis Motor Suite

Do you want to design in a motor without having to become an expert in motor control? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Phillip Drake of NXP about simplifying motor control with Kinetis. It'll have your motor spinning in no time.

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High Voltage, Precision, Battery Stack Monitor

The LTC®6802 is a highly integrated multicell battery monitoring IC, capable of measuring up to 12 individual battery cell voltages. Using a novel serial data communication technique, multiple LTC6802s can be stacked in series without optocouplers or isolators, allowing precision voltage monitoring of every cell for 1000V+ systems. With high ESD, EMI and noise immunity, the LTC6802 stands up to real world conditions in a range of automotive and industrial applications.

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!

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.

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.

Molex Embedded Vision

When designing advanced applications such as embedded vision, connectors are one of the last things on most engineers' minds, But the selection of the correct connectors for the job can be a make-or-break decision in the success of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Ciapetta and Chris Slinkman from Molex about selecting the best connectors for embedded vision design.

Power 2 You: A Guide to Power Supply and Management Control

This free eBook provides technical details and design considerations for implementing the common circuit board power management functions. This book also provides generalized cost effective solutions for each of these functions that can be customized to meet a circuit board’s specific voltage, current and control environment.

PADS VX: Redefining Productivity

When it comes to PCB Design, the giant companies don't get ALL the cool toys. Desktop design tools are now getting impressive capabilities that rival their enterprise-scale big brothers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about the new PADS VX and the impressive capabilities it brings to desktop electronic 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.

Design Control, Data and Comparison with PADS Archive Management

Do you spend too much time archiving your designs, and later searching through archives for just that one project? Are your engineering reviews disorganized? Does your archive management flow store all the project files that you use? Files like libraries, reports, CAM data, etc.., not just design data? Are you able to quickly search archives, and compare and cross-probe between the schematic and layout files, or redline and append mark-up notes?

Proper archives are essential to back up and manage design data. A design-driven storage methodology promotes effective data backups, increasing productivity by efficiently creating, indexing, and restoring archives within a vault.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Genus Synthesis Solution: Massively Parallel RTL Synthesis

Synthesis of large designs can be a major bottleneck, particularly with the number of iterations often required and the long synthesis runtimes of current generation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Stratman of Cadence Design Systems about the revolutionary new Genus massively-parallel synthesis technology. Genus promises to have an enormous impact on the synthesis bottleneck.

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.


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