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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.

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.

Addressing the Advantages of Embedded LTE and Advanced LTE

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Bob Salem discusses the advantages of embedding a LTE and Advanced LTE analog block on the SoC to support many of the mobile applications in the market today.

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.

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.

UltraScale Architecture: Highest Device Utilization, Performance, and Scalability

The UltraScale™ architecture provides numerous technical innovations to exceed the utilization and performance demands of next-generation applications, all while offering both architectural migration and package footprint migration for optimal design reuse.

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.

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.

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.

Lowering the Total Cost of Ownership in Industrial Applications

This white paper uses a design example to demonstrate that FPGAs are not only a more flexible option than discrete MCU, DSP and ASSP products, but also provide a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) as measured by development, enhancement, replacement, and maintenance costs over the lifetime of a system.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Rigid-Flex and Embedded Components

These days, flexibile circuit boards are making their way into the mainstream. Rigid-flex design gives us all kinds of new capabilities in form factor, as well as the opportunity to replace expensive and unreliable cables and connectors. But, how do you handle rigid-flex PCB design in your layout tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Altium's Ben Jordan about rigid-flex design in Altium Designer - and how you can use those same capabilities for embedded components as a bonus!

A Complete Analog Design Flow for Verification Planning and Requirement Tracking

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

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.

Graphics Rendering and Video Processing with Altera SoC and Helio View Dev Kit

For performance-critical applications like graphics and video rendering, the partitioning between software and hardware can be a pivotal decision. Today, exciting new devices allow us to make and evaluate those tradeoffs more easily than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Troy Jones (Macnica Americas) and Todd Koelling (Altera) about creating video and graphics applications using the Helio View development board with Altera SoC FPGAs.

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Maximizing Battery Life with TI's Wolverine Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ryan Hoium (Texas Instruments) about about TI’s revolutionary Wolverine technology and a new series of ultra-low power MCUs that will change the way we think about batteries in our embedded designs.

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.

Getting Started Using Kintex-7 FPGAs for DSP

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tom Hill of Xilinx about their new Kintex-7 DSP development kits that will finally get you onto the rocket-coaster of FPGA-powered DSP.

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.

Verify Design Performance with PADS Best-in-Class Simulation and Analysis

It really isn't important to simulate your PCB design - as long as you don't care about re-spins, signal integrity, cost... OK, actually, there are many good reasons to simulate your board. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about simulating your board design using PADS. It may make you re-think your board design strategy.

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.

Advanced Smart Display Solutions

In today's mobile designs, displays are one of the most important components in differentiating your product. As a result, more people are designing high-resolution displays into mobile devices. But, adding a high-res display to your design can be a complex task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Pavel Klinger (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) about GLOBALFOUNDRIES' solutions for the new generation of high-resolution smartphone displays.

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

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Three Ways that Allegro TimingVision Environment Speeds Up Timing Closure of High-Speed PCB Interfaces

On advanced high-speed interfaces, timing closure can be an iterative process that can be time-consuming and frustrating. PCB designers need techniques and tools to make the process more efficient, so they can contribute to an overall faster time to market for the design. This article discusses three ways that the new Cadence Allegro TimingVision Environment speeds up timing closure of high-speed PCB interfaces.

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.

Addressing the Advantages of Embedded LTE and Advanced LTE

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Bob Salem discusses the advantages of embedding a LTE and Advanced LTE analog block on the SoC to support many of the mobile applications in the market today.

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.

A Faster, More Accurate Approach for System-Level Performance Verification of a Wireless RFIC Design

Wireless RFIC designers are expected to be experts on a variety of ever-changing wireless standards and protocols. They must also contend with time-consuming manual simulation setup and post-processing of the simulation results. This paper discusses how an advanced simulation methodology, involving characterization and modeling of a RFIC design, enhances both the speed and the accuracy of system-level performance verification of a wireless RFIC.

UltraScale Architecture: Highest Device Utilization, Performance, and Scalability

The UltraScale™ architecture provides numerous technical innovations to exceed the utilization and performance demands of next-generation applications, all while offering both architectural migration and package footprint migration for optimal design reuse.

The UltraScale Architecture for Highest Utilization and Superior Performance

The UltraScale™ architecture introduces many innovations over traditional FPGA architectures that increase performance and reduce power consumption. In this video, we will focus on enhancements to the routing, logic and implementation software that result in an architecture allowing for the device to be highly utilized while still maintaining performance, and keeping runtime low.

OrCAD Constraint Driven Design Flow

The OrCAD constraint driven flow provides a unique, fully integrated environment to define design intent and dynamically track compliance throughout the entire implementation process. This slideshow is demonstrating how to utilize the constraint driven flow in OrCAD to improve efficiency, reduce errors, and help ensure on-time product delivery.

Design Data Management with PTC Windchill and Cadence Allegro PCB

Learn how PTC and Cadence have developed a unique collaboration environment to connect Allegro PCB design data with the Windchill PLM system for robust file management and check-in check-out capabilities.

Consumer DRAM Trends

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Lou Ternullo explains the DRAM trends in today's consumer market. He deep dives into the comparison between LPDDR4 and DDR4 DRAM.

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What Is VIP?

Watch this week's episode to hear Tom Hackett, product director at Cadence, talk about the important role that VIP plays in the verification process. Tom details how VIP provides known good designs and stress testing for all interfaces and memory components, helping you to develop bug-free chips.

Streaming Multichannel Uncompressed Video in the Broadcast Environment

Designing video equipment for streaming multiple uncompressed video signals is a new challenge, especially with the demand for high-definition video streams. This white paper examines how a multichannel streaming PCIe DMA controller and other “building block” IP cores are combined within a Cyclone IV GX FPGA to support SD- and HD-SDI applications using an open-source video packet streaming-format protocol such as those used in non-linear editors, video servers, and video-capture applications.

IGLOO FPGA Product Brochure

Microsemi’s IGLOO®2 FPGAs offer best-in-class feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability and most advanced security in the industry. The device’s high level of integration provides the lowest total system cost versus competitive FPGAs while improving reliability, significantly reducing power and providing unparalleled security.

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.

Reducing Switching Power with Intelligent Clock Gating

The intelligent clock-gating optimization feature introduced in ISE Design Suite v12 greatly simplifies the effort to reduce dynamic power in FPGA designs. The traditional approach to clock-gating optimization used in ASIC design presupposes an intimate knowledge of the design, thereby virtually precluding optimization of legacy and third-party IP blocks. New tools, new steps, and complex timing analyses are typically required to compensate for the inevitable new “gated clocks” and the changes in logic that are produced.

Beyond Physical: Solving High-end FPGA Design Challenges

The advantages of using programmable logic to get electronic products to market quickly with less risk and cost are well known and recent market drivers have shifted even further in their favor; new economic realities coupled with changing consumer behavior, shorter product life cycles, richer feature sets, and faster upgrades, to name a few. In step with these demands, high-end FPGAs are now architected using geometries down to 40nm and with capacities of up to five million equivalent ASIC gates. They include performance optimized I/O’s and dedicated DSP architectures that together enable extremely powerful and cost-effective solutions. For these reasons, FPGAs are also widely used to realistically prototype and validate ASIC designs at orders of magnitude higher speeds than are possible with traditional acceleration or emulation based solutions.

Repeatable Results with Design Preservation

Increasingly, FPGA designs are no longer just the “glue logic” of the past; they are becoming more complex every year, often incorporating challenging IP such as PCI Express® cores. The complex modules in newer designs, even when not changing, can present difficulties when attempting to meet qualityof-result (QoR) requirements. Time spent trying to maintain timing in these modules is not only frustrating, but often unproductive as well.

Vivado Advanced Exceptions Clock Group Constraints

Learn Xilinx recommendations for constraining clock group exceptions; specifically in detail what these constraints are and also see a few examples. Understand and apply the clock group exception constraints in your design.

Increasing Efficiency with Hard Memory Controllers in Low-Cost 28 nm FPGAs

With the hard memory controller (HMC) in Altera® Cyclone® V FPGAs, designers can maximize efficiency and flexibility, thereby achieving low power and low cost for their systems and applications. Check out the whitepaper to learn more.

Xilinx and ARM: Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC

Ian Ferguson, VP of Segment Marketing at ARM, introduces the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC as the result of a strong partnership between ARM and Xilinx. He discusses how Zynq is opening up new markets for ARM and is alleviating the need for a multi-chip solution in many applications. Ferguson also speaks to Zynq's compatibility with leading operating systems and tools, and challenges designers to develop new and creative ways to design with a Zynq-7000 SoC.

CDNLive SV 2014: Avago Speeds Route and Timing Closure with Encounter Digital Implementation System

In this video from CDNLive Silicon Valley 2014, Jason Gentry, master IC design engineer for ASIC products division at Avago Technologies, describes how he used the Cadence® Encounter® digital implementation system's command line interface to add his own route-planner script and Encounter's multi-partition functionality to split the design into more levels of hierarchy. By doing so, Avago completed top-level route and timing closure in a lot less time—hours instead of days or weeks—because they were working on smaller pieces of the design in parallel. Learn more about the Encounter Digital Implementation System at http://bit.ly/1rlZpJ2.

An Introduction to Rigid-Flex PCB Design Best Practices

More designers increasingly face project requirements for densely populated electronic circuits including pressures to reduce manufacturing times and costs. To meet these requirements, design teams have increasingly turned to 3D rigid-flex circuits to meet their project’s performance and production requirements.

Gate-Level Simulation Methodology

It is critical that teams begin GLS as early in the design cycle as possible, that the simulator run in high-performance mode, and that a proven simulation methodology be in place. This white paper explores new simulator use models and methodologies that boost GLS productivity, including extraction via static timing analysis and linting. Using these approaches, designers can focus on verifying real gate-level issues rather than waste expensive simulation cycles on re-verifying working circuits.

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.

Verification IP Productivity Tools

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett talks about Cadence Verification IP (VIP) productivity tools in the VIP catalog. These tools, PureView and TripleCheck, help engineers better match their VIP to their design under test ensuring better verified designs.

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.

The Exploding Variety of New Interfaces for Mobile SoCs

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays, Tom Hackett focuses on the wide variety of new and updated mobile interfaces for mobile SoCs. These interfaces are broken down into three catagories—SoC fabric, memory, and chip-to-chip—and include ARM AMBA 4, ARM AMBA 5, OCP, DDR, LPDDR, LPDDR3, LPDDR4, Wide I/O, Wide I/O2, DRAM, eMMC, eMMC5, UFS, CSI-3, SoundWire, USB, PCIe, and SSIC.

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!


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