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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

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.

The Xilinx SDAccel Development Environment - Bringing The Best Performance/Watt to the Data Center

The new Xilinx SDAccel™ Development Environment gives data center application developers the complete FPGA-based hardware and software solution they want. SDAccel includes a fast, architecturally optimizing compiler that makes efficient use of on-chip FPGA resources; a familiar software-development flow with an Eclipse™-based Integrated Design Environment (IDE) for code development, profiling, and debugging, which provides a CPU/GPU-like work environment.

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

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.

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.

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.

Announcing Indago Debug Platform

Debugging your design should be a lot more sophisticated than a bunch of "printf" statements. But that is exactly what many development teams end up using. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adam Sherer of Cadence Design Systems about the new Indago embedded debug system. It will change the way you think about debug.

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.

Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

Want to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration.

10 Secrets to Getting a Lower BOM Cost

Reducing your BOM costs can be a complex challenge. If your design includes programmable logic, you have a lot of powerful options for reducing cost that might not be obvious simply by looking at component costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Maureen Smerdon and Darren Zacher of Xilinx about minimizing BOM costs in your next design.

Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

Inductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage for inductive sensing in your next 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.

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.

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Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family

Your design needs to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), doesn't it? Connecting your device to the rapidly expanding IoT opens up a wide world of potential new capabilities. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andreas Eieland (Atmel) about some amazing new devices that can dramatically simplify the task of getting your next design into the IoT party.

High-Reliability in FPGA Design - SEU Mitigation

Neutrons are coming for you and you'd better be prepared. Whether we like it or not, SEUs (Single Event Upsets) are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for our designs, especially for high realibility systems. If you thought SEUs couldn't mess up your next design because you aren't designing something destined for space, you need to think again. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, I chat with Jeff Garrison of Synopsys about the how we can battle SEUs (on the ground or in the air) with the latest generation of design tools.

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.

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.

Announcing Indago Debug Platform

Debugging your design should be a lot more sophisticated than a bunch of "printf" statements. But that is exactly what many development teams end up using. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adam Sherer of Cadence Design Systems about the new Indago embedded debug system. It will change the way you think about debug.

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.

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.

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.

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Announcing Indago Debug Platform

Debugging your design should be a lot more sophisticated than a bunch of "printf" statements. But that is exactly what many development teams end up using. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adam Sherer of Cadence Design Systems about the new Indago embedded debug system. It will change the way you think about debug.

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.

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.

Top 10 Reasons Real Signal Integrity Engineers Demand Power-Aware SI Technology

Signal Integrity analysis that doesn't consider power effects can set you up for some dangerous problems. Ground bounce and other effects can cause problems that normal SI tools won't detect. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton discusses power-aware signal integrity analysis with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems. You'll want to watch to see what your SI tool may have been missing.

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.

10 Secrets to Getting a Lower BOM Cost

Reducing your BOM costs can be a complex challenge. If your design includes programmable logic, you have a lot of powerful options for reducing cost that might not be obvious simply by looking at component costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Maureen Smerdon and Darren Zacher of Xilinx about minimizing BOM costs in your next design.

Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

Want to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

Inductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage for inductive sensing in your next design.

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.

Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC: Embedded Design Tutorial

To help accelerate your Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC embedded development, Xilinx has introduced a new Embedded Design Tutorial, a hands-on guide designed to help walk you through embedded system design. The guide provides opportunities to work with tools under discussion, examples and an explanation of what is happening behind the scenes.

UltraFast Embedded Design Methodology Guide (REVISED)

Xilinx is building on the success of its UltraFast™ Design Methodology with the new UltraFast Embedded Design Methodology Guide. The new Guide enables embedded design teams to improve productivity with a documented methodology for the creation of smarter systems leveraging Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs.

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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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