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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.

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.

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.

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.

Vivado IP Flows

Doing IP-based design can be a major productivity booster for your engineering project. But, your ability to easily use and re-use IP can be severely limited if your design tools don't have robust support for creating the IP flow you want. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx explain how you can create the perfect IP flow for your design process in the Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Simulation Key to Automotive Challenges

This paper describes a new virtual prototyping environment that allows system integration to begin before physical hardware can be made available, a valuable commodity in today’s complex automotive system design process.  This new technology gives designers powerful tools for managing mechanics, electronics, software, and controls in one system with the capability to integrate the significant intersections between them.

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.

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.

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.

Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

For a lot of mainstream applications these days, 32-bit or even 16-bit processors are serious overkill. You can get great performance, smaller footprints, lower power consumption, and lower cost using 8-bit devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Wayne Freeman of Microchip Technology about function enablement with 8-bit MCUs.

FRAM Technology: The Next Generation of Non-volatile Memory for Microcontrollers

FRAM is one of the coolest non-volatile memory technologies to date. And, FRAM combined with microcontrollers is a perfect match. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Will Cooper of Texas Instruments about the practical implications of FRAM technology in MCUs.

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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.

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.

It's an Analog World After All

It's an analog world out there. And, while most microcontrollers offer terrific features in the digital and software domain, Microchip has a new family of MCUs with Intelligent Analog capabilities that can make a huge difference in connecting your design to the real world. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Alexis Alcott of Microchip about harnessing the power of Intelligent Analog in MCU 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.

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!

World's Smallest FPGAs Solve 4 Big Problems

In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Gordon Hands (Lattice Semiconductor) about some awesomely tiny FPGAs that bring the power of programmable logic into devices like cell phones, tablets, and other power and form factor sensitive applications.

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.

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.

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Enable Your 500G/1T OTN Line Card Today with All Programmable FPGAs

Xilinx discusses how programmable logic provides the partial reconfiguration capabilities, large number of high speed analog IOs and mix signal capabilities to build high density, scalable and flexible 500G/1T line cards today.

Xilinx and Ixia present 400GE and 25GE testing solutions at OFC 2015

In this live presentation from OFC 2015, Xilinx talks with Ixia about how they surmounted the many obstacles to efficient 400GE and 25GE testing by leveraging Xilinx’s All Programmable devices to get the Ixia 400GE and 25GE tester families to market quickly. Presented by Thananya Baldwin, Senior Director of Strategic Programs at Ixia and Gilles Garcia, Director of Wired Communication at Xilinx.

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.

UltraScale Integrated 100G Ethernet IP for 10x10G and 4x25G

This video demonstrates how using an integrated Ethernet MAC can save power, integration time and logic utilization while delivering the highest possible flexibility. The UltraScale™ Integrated 100G Ethernet IP supports both CAUI-4 and CAUI-10 interfaces to CFP, CFP2, CFP4 and other pluggable optics. As shown in this video, the IP can easily and dynamically swap between interfaces.

Kintex UltraScale DSP Kit with 8 Lane JESD204B interface

The video highlights the Xilinx® Kintex® UltraScale™ FPGA Analog Devices JESD204B DSP Kit featuring the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale KCU105 development board with the KU40 device paired up with the Analog Devices AD-FMCDAQ2-EBZ high-speed analog FMC module. An 8 lane JESD204B interface is used to interface the data converters to the FPGA using GTX serial transceivers at the full 12.5 GSPS line rate. Xilinx devices are the world’s first to support the full JESD204B line rate across all device speed grades for mid-range JESD204B solutions, and the only all programmable solution available today at 20nm.

Reducing System BOM Cost with Xilinx's Low-End Portfolio

A system’s bill of materials is made up of interdependent component costs, meaning a holistic approach is required to ensure lowest overall BOM cost. With a balance of the right features and capabilities, Xilinx’s Low-End All Programmable Portfolio offers system designers numerous cost-reduction strategies for high volume applications in the industrial, medical, automotive, consumer, and communications markets, among others. This white paper discusses these strategies with a variety of application examples.

SDSoC Development Environment: Optimization & Debug

Part 2 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews implementation challenges and how SDSoC helps solve those challenges, take a fully implemented design and modifying it to further optimize the accelerated functions. Then reviews how SDSoC enables interactive debug on an implemented design running on an evaluation board.

SDSoC Development Environment: Estimation & Implementation

Part 1 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews the challenges in implementing a system in a Zynq® SoC device and how SDSoC helps resolve those challenges. Then the video shows a demo of SDSoC on an example design to generate performance estimate and run a full design implementation using those estimates, and verifying the results achieved on the evaluation board.

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.

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Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit

Accelerate your next generation factory automation design with the Spartan®-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit, jointly developed with Avnet. Walk through a demonstration of the benefits and features of the kit with Giulio Corradi, Senior System Architect

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.

A Generation Ahead – Zynq-7000 Video

Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs enable extensive system level differentiation, integration, and flexibility through hardware, software, and I/O programmability. Using the Zynq-7000 platform, you can design smarter systems with tightly coupled software based control and analytics with real time hardware based processing and optimized system interfaces — with vastly lower BOM costs, lower NRE costs, lower design risk, and of course much faster time to market.

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.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek OZ 745

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A Generation Ahead for Smarter Systems: 9 Reasons why the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Platform is the Smartest Solution

The Xilinx Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoC is the ideal platform to infuse intelligence into today’s embedded systems. It is All Programmable, meaning that not only can one add systems intelligence through software, but additional data processing and decisions can be executed in real time with programmable hardware and system interfaces can be optimized and evolved through programmable I/O.

OrCAD Documentation Editor

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Xilinx and ARM Address New Markets

Ian Ferguson, VP of Segment Marketing at ARM, explains how an ARM processor combined with an FPGA addresses the embedded space. He also discusses three areas where programmable logic provides the most value along with the new markets addressed by the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable device.

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OrCAD Data Management & Collaboration

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Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

For a lot of mainstream applications these days, 32-bit or even 16-bit processors are serious overkill. You can get great performance, smaller footprints, lower power consumption, and lower cost using 8-bit devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Wayne Freeman of Microchip Technology about function enablement with 8-bit MCUs.

SDSoC Development Environment: Optimization & Debug

Part 2 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews implementation challenges and how SDSoC helps solve those challenges, take a fully implemented design and modifying it to further optimize the accelerated functions. Then reviews how SDSoC enables interactive debug on an implemented design running on an evaluation board.

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.

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Google and partners recently announced Google TV—an open, architecture-neutral platform that will bring the full web experience to television viewing. Given the fact that MIPS licensees lead in the digital home today, it is likely that there will be a large number of future Google TV systems based on the MIPS architecture. Leveraging our work with Android and our ongoing relationship with Google, MIPS is in an excellent position to work with our licensees as Google TV moves beyond initial reference platforms and into mainstream development within the digital home market. By designing your SoC to the right specifications now, you can be ahead of the market when the Google TV code is available in open source in 2011. In this paper, we will provide you with an in-depth description of hardware requirements and recommendations for developing an SoC that will support the Google TV operating system!


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