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Battery Management Solutions

Designing battery-powered systems can be challenging. In addition to power and form-factor considerations, today's batteries require sophisticated charging and monitoring for maximum safety, life, and performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Richard DelRossi of Texas Instruments about battery management solutions that can dramatically simplify your next battery-powered design while adding important monitoring capabilities to your device.

15Gb/s HMC Interface for UltraScale Devices

Watch a demonstration of the industry's first 15Gb/s HMC interface by Xilinx and Pico Computing at the International Supercomputing Conference.

Multiplying the Value of 20nm with UltraScale Devices: Doing More for Less

Xilinx is multiplying the value of 20nm with the UltraScale™ architecture and associated family of FPGAs and 3D ICs. Whether viewed from almost every attribute at the chip level or viewed when integrating multiple chips into one or fewer chips at the system level, you will find compelling value metrics as you migrate to an UltraScale solution. UltraScale architecture and Vivado® Design Suite are co-optimized to enable a device utilization target of 90%, which can result in up to a 30% effective cost advantage for the next generation of smarter, high performance systems in: Packet processing: Multi-hundred gigabit throughput Waveform processing: Multi-teraMAC throughput Image and video processing: 8K4K image and video processing and transport High performance computing: Multi-teraflop throughput Learn More about potential chip and system level value multipliers.

Defining Different Types of USB Controllers

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Jack Duda takes a closer look at different types of USB controllers and their roles in today's 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.

FPGA-Based Control for Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Power Electronics

The speed and flexibility of FPGAs are beneficial in high-performance power electronics control systems. This white paper describes the benefits of using FPGA-based control in a hybrid electric vehicle (hybrid EV) or electric vehicle (EV) drive system comprised of a variable-voltage control (VVC) or bidirectional DC-DC converter, 3-phase inverters, and interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor or generators. This paper also describes the implementation of VVC converter and the motor inverter control in an integrated simulation environment with Simulink and DSP Builder.

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.

Get to Know 802.11a/c Wireless Analog Front End Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Priyank Shukla discusses Cadence's wireless analog front end (AFE) solution for 802.11a/c.

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.

Cadence Low Power Solution - RTL to GDSII Low Power Design

Low-power design used to be an afterthought. Today, however, we need to consider power throughout the entire design cycle - from RTL all the way through GDSII. And, we can have significant impact on overall power consumption with optimizations at just about every stage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete Hardee of Cadence about a holistic approach to low-power design.

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.

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.

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.

EWIS Requirements: The Business Challenge

Without proper planning and the evolution of their business to efficiently deal with the EWIS mandates, companies could find themselves in a very costly situation. This paper investigates the issues surrounding EWIS compliance and methods to minimize both cost and potential program delays.

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.

Addressing Next-Generation Memory Requirements Using Altera FPGAs and HMC Technology

The white paper describes Altera(r) technology leadership in the serial memory interoperability space and describes the underlying hardware platform and controller architecture used to carry out a successful interoperability between Stratix(r) V FPGA and the HMC device. The document also includes real system-level examples where HMC solution provides an alternative solution to conventional memory-based solutions.

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.

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.

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.

Accelerating System Bandwidth with FPGAs and Hybrid Memory Cube

Move over DDR, the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) is here! But, from a design perspective, care and feeding of the amazing HMC can be a lot more demanding than DDR. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Manish Deo of Altera explain how powerful FPGAs can help you tame the HMC in your next 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.

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Xilinx Agile Mixed Signal

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Steve Logan (Xilinx ) and they're going to tell you all about Agile Mixed Signal, and how it can dramatically improve the capabilities of your next FPGA design.

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.

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!

Maximize Design Productivity With PCIe/104 FPGA/Processor

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christine Van De Graaf of Kontron, who explain how Kontron is incorporating pre-made, small form factor boards, a high-performance embedded processor programmable logic into their new MSMST board and how we can get started designing with one.

The Power of Tcl in PlanAhead

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tori Darien from Xilinx about using Tcl in Xilinx’s PlanAhead tool for FPGA design. Amelia throws her some examples, and Tori walks us through how to work them using PlanAhead’s Tcl interface.

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.

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.

Cadence Tempus Timing Signoff Solution

Achieving timing closure for signoff can be a daunting challenge in today's complex designs. Meeting timing under all conditions - with the certainty required for signoff - is a complex and demanding task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about the special challenges of signoff timing closure, and Cadence's new Tempus timing analysis tool.

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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.

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.

EWIS Requirements: The Business Challenge

Without proper planning and the evolution of their business to efficiently deal with the EWIS mandates, companies could find themselves in a very costly situation. This paper investigates the issues surrounding EWIS compliance and methods to minimize both cost and potential program delays.

EDS Design Tools for Electric Vehicles

This paper explores how challenges for electric vehicles from battery placement to electrical distribution to eliminating crosstalk between high- and low-level signals can be solved with advanced EDS software. Also see how design environments incorporate features for designer to address product plans and answer tomorrow's demand for fully electric vehicles.

Injecting Automation into Verification – Improved Throughput

This webinar will focus on the highest value tools and techniques for improving test stimulus, debug effectiveness and simulation throughput. One of the most common verification process improvement opportunities is being able to more easily create test cases, including leveraging standard bus interfaces like PCIe for stimulating your system. We will also describe common techniques for improving simulation performance.

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.

Defining Different Types of USB Controllers

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Jack Duda takes a closer look at different types of USB controllers and their roles in today's devices.

Get to Know 802.11a/c Wireless Analog Front End Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Priyank Shukla discusses Cadence's wireless analog front end (AFE) solution for 802.11a/c.

See How Customizable Processors Can Help to Offload Your Apps Processor

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, we take a little different approach and show you a fun and fast way to understand how Cadence® Tensilica® Xtensa® processors work, and how you can easily use them to offload your applications processor. After the video, learn more about Xtensa processors at http://bit.ly/1xZfYdP.

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System-Level Debugging and Monitoring of FPGA Designs

This white paper describes the latest state-of-the-art methods for debugging and monitoring large FPGA designs both during the simulation phase of development and after device configuration, and details the current practices that Altera has identified across a representative number of customer designs.

UltraFast™ Design Methodology Guide for the Vivado Design Suite

This Guide discusses a design methodology process to follow in order to achieve an efficient and quicker design implementation, and to derive the maximum value from Xilinx devices and tools.

National Instruments Comments on Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform

Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform testimonial from customer National Instruments.

Reducing Power Consumption and Increasing Bandwidth on 28nm FPGAs

Lower power consumption and higher bandwidth are now the two dominant requirements in designing next-generation high-end applications. The global trend across multiple markets is for higher bandwidth in the same footprint at the same or lower power and cost. The Internet is going mobile and video is driving bandwidth requirements at a growth rate of 50% year on year. The march to 40G and 100G systems (with 400G on the horizon) is underway to support this ever-growing bandwidth demand. Fierce competition is driving down prices. Space constraints abound, and cooling solutions often dominate the power budget, sometimes up to twice the power consumption of the electronics. The next generation of 28-nm high-end Altera® FPGAs addresses these challenges through leading-edge technological innovation, integration, and reduced power consumption.

Using External Memory Interfaces to Achieve Efficient High-Speed Memory Solutions

Because a fast and robust memory interface is crucial for many designers, Altera provides the fastest, most efficient, and lowest latency memory controllers, which allow designers to work with today’s higher speed memories quickly and easily. Designing with Arria V FPGAs not only helps to make designs successful but also ensures that implementation is fast and easy.

A Safety Methodology for ADAS Designs in FPGAs

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are the next wave of innovations to make driving on our more and more congested roads safer. This white paper discusses the use of Altera(r) FPGAs in safety-critical ADAS that have better performance requirements than commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. It looks at the general safety concept of such applications and provides examples on how to implement certain diagnostics in the FPGA to detect faults in the application.

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.

Power Considerations In FPGA Design

Power has always been a design consideration. Traditionally, though, a lower priority has been assigned to power than to most other variables (speed/performance, cost, time-to-market, risk, etc.). In today’s marketplace, however, power has become a very important component in the designer’s decision making process. There is good reason for this. Power translates to significant system cost.

SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Adaptive FIR Filter Demo User’s Guide

SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA devices integrate a 4th generation flash-based FPGA fabric and an ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor. The SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA fabric includes embedded mathblocks, which are optimized specifically for DSP applications such as, finite impulse response (FIR) filters, infinite impulse response (IIR) filters, and fast fourier transform (FFT) functions. Adaptive filters are widely used in different DSP application areas like communication, biomedical, audio/video processing because of their ability to adjust the filter coefficients according to adaptive algorithms and input signal characteristics.

Reduce Total System Cost in Portable Applications Using MAX II CPLDs

Traditionally, portable system designers have used ASICs and ASSPs to implement memory interfaces, I/O expansion, power-on sequencing, discrete logic functions, display, and other functions. Cost limitations, power and cooling restrictions, and board space requirements often limit the use of PLDs in these applications. Today, however, innovations in CPLDs in power reduction, cost optimization, and small form-factor packaging allow PLDs to replace or augment ASICs, ASSPs, and discrete devices.

Smarter Solutions for Data Centers

Cloud computing for our smartphones, tablets and laptops is underpinned by data centers distributed around the world that manage and process data at high speed. Xilinx Distinguished Engineer, Dr. Gordon Brebner, discusses the challenges of dealing with the volume, velocity and variety of big data, and how Xilinx FPGAs contribute to making the networking, storage, and compute nodes within the data center flexible and fast enough through adding programmable smartness at hardware speeds, while also reducing latency and power consumption. Watch the video to learn more.

Implementing a Cost-Effective Human-Machine Interface for Home Appliances

Traditionally, HMIs for home appliances have been composed of mechanical devices such as buttons and knobs, coupled with display indicators such as LEDs and VFDs. Today there is a massive transformation occurring throughout the home appliance and consumer device markets. As the cost of LCDs drops due to the proliferation of the technology in consumer devices, LCDs with highly interactive GUIs are being deployed as a cost-effective replacement for the HMIs currently found on most home appliances.

Protecting the FPGA Design From Common Threats

The global estimated loss to counterfeiting is expected to exceed U.S.$1.5 trillion in 2009. Counterfeiting impacts all businesses in all markets, from Gucci handbags to computer chips to proprietary algorithms. The threats to companies’ intellectual property (IP) grow as the global supply chain becomes increasingly complex. Security and protection in the global supply chain is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage, while in some cases it is required just to stay in business.

GEN2 Serial RapidIO and Low Cost, Low Power FPGAs

System designers will continue to be under pressure to produce higher performance systems yet maintain lower build and operational costs. DSP and Network Processing Unit (NPU) devices, coupled with low cost, low power FPGAs like the Lattice ECP3 that support Gen2 Serial RapidIO (SRIO), can provide an ideal platform for meeting these challenges.

Putting Low Power and Flexibility Where It Matters Most: Handheld Portable Applications

In the short span of three decades, electronics have not only proliferated in our world, but have also gotten smaller and more portable. The march of Moore’s Law has brought portability to the consumer, industrial, military, medical and other markets. Download this whitepaper to learn about Actel solutions for handheld portable applications.

Injecting Automation into Verification - Assertions

What we will show in this webinar is how we can leverage Assertions, including the pre-defined, pre-tested OVL libraries, to automate the verification process further. What we will also show is the way in which the Assertion Manager will create pre-configured checkers as well as how to debug the results of an assertion failing. As the monitoring of the Assertions is done fully automatically by the simulator this further reduces the load of the engineer during verification and regression.

10 Ways to Effectively Debug your FPGA Design

Today’s FPGAs implement the equivalent of millions of ASIC gates and continue to grow in size and complexity. With the increasing amount of time designers are spending debugging and diagnosing the design, there is a need both for better ways to find errors early and en masse, and for smarter techniques to isolate errors and apply incremental fixes. The newest generation of the Synplify Premier synthesis tool addresses these needs by supporting early design checks and hierarchical design approaches.


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