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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 Design Challenges in Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Heterogeneous multicore systems [architectures that combine two or more different types of microprocessors (MPUs) and microcontrollers (MCUs)] are quickly becoming the defacto architecture in the embedded industry today. The quick emergence of these systems can be attributed to a number of factors.

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.

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.

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

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.

Scripted Flows in Vivado Design Suite

When you're using a new tool for the first time, a good GUI is great to have, but once you're up and running and automating a complex design process, scripted flows offer a much more powerful means of controlling your tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ron Plyler of Xilinx explore scripted flows in the Vivado design 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Achieve DDR3 Signoff With Power-Aware Timing Analysis

Cadence and EMA have collaborated to provide a unique power-aware DDR timing sign off flow for complete cycle-accurate system level simulation and analysis. You can now sign off on your entire DDR interface with total confidence.

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.

A Methodology for High-Speed Nanometer Transceiver Verification, Validation, and Characterization

This paper provides a short introduction to a 20 nm transceiver implementation supporting data rates up to 28.1 Gbps, outlining the circuit verification challenges, and introducing a new methodology for circuit validation and characterization across operational, environmental, and process conditions. Details of the validation flow are provided along with the results obtained by using the new methodology.

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Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA

In this Chalk TalkHD Amelia talks to David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel Atom™ processor with an Altera Arria FPGA built right into the package.

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.

How to Design a Sigma Delta Mixer Circuit

In parts 1 & 2 of this 3-part Chalk Talk series, we talked about how Triad Semiconductor can save you 75%, or even as much as 99% in your next mixed-signal ASIC design. But, what good is savings if you don't know what you can design with it? In this third episode of our 3-part Chalk Talk series, Amelia and Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor have fun taking ViaDesigner out for a spin - designing a sigma delta mixer.

Low-Power Estimation & Verification With ZeBu

Power consumption is one of the key drivers in system design today, and it’s about time we had a way to estimate and verify the power used by our design. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti (Synopsys) about how to verify and estimate power consumption with the ZeBu emulator.

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.

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.

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.

Digital Predistortion for Base Station Power Amplifiers

In this episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Todd Nelson from Linear Technology about how digital predistortion (DPD) can be used to save millions of dollars worth of power in base station designs. DPD is simple to apply, and has a dramatic impact on the power amplifier - the most power-hungry part of modern base stations. In this Chalk TalkHD you'll hear how DPD works and how you can apply it to your next design.

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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.

SDSoc Development Environment Backgrounder

This backgrounder describes the features and benefits of the SDSoC™ Development Environment. The SDSoC development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use an Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment. Complete with the industry’s first C/C++ full-system optimizing compiler, SDSoC delivers system level profiling, automated software acceleration in programmable logic, automated system connectivity generation, and libraries to speed programming. It also enables end user and 3rd party platform developers to rapidly define, integrate, and verify system level solutions and enable their end customers with a customized programming environment.

Introducing the SDSoC Development Environment

The SDSoC™ development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment.

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.

Multiplying the Value of 16nm with UltraScale+ Devices: Staying a Generation Ahead

Xilinx is multiplying the value of 16nm with UltraScale+™ FPGAs, 3D ICs, and MPSoCs through key memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing technologies and by leveraging the successful UltraScale architecture at 20nm. This paper describes in detail how to leverage key processing elements, connectivity interfaces, and other domain-optimized capabilities in the latest UltraScale+ portfolio for a broad range of application domains including wireless & waveform processing, packet processing & transport, video & image processing, high performance computing, and connected control.

UltraScale + 16nm Technology and Portfolio Backgrounder

Learn about new memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies introduced in Xilinx’s new 16nm UltraScale+™ portfolio of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, collectively delivering a generation ahead of value for next generation systems. This backgrounder describes the innovations introduced in the Kintex®, Virtex®, and Zynq® UltraScale+ families and how they address a broad broad range of next generation applications, including LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

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Selecting an Operating System (OS) for Embedded Application

It seems these days, just about every embedded system has some type of operating system. And there are more options today as to which OS to choose. Is open source your best choice? What about a free RTOS? In this paper, learn the pros and cons of the many OS options available today and how to select the right OS for your next embedded project.

Power-Aware Verification in Mixed-Signal Simulation

This paper presents the basic concepts of power-aware verification in mixed-signal simulation and applies them to the verification of a tire pressure monitoring system SoC, with the power architecture described in UPF. Many SoCs are mixed-signal in nature and have power-regulation functionality on the chip. Verifying such designs with mixed-signal simulation in power-aware mode complements digital verification by producing accurate results for the power management and analog units of a design.

First Virtex UltraScale FPGA Demonstration

Watch a demonstration of the first device in the industry's only 20nm high end family—the Virtex® UltraScale™ VU095 device—featuring GTY transceivers capable of 32.75G short reach and 28.21G backplane operation, ideal for implementing next generation 400G and 500G wired networking systems.

Vivado Design Flows Overview v2013.1

Learn about the various use models for the Vivado Design Suite, as well as, the main features of the Interactive Design Environment (IDE) and Tcl-based design flows from synthesis and simulation through implementation. For More Vivado Tutorials please visit: www.xilinx.com/training/vivado

Automotive Top Ten - Ten Points to Consider When Using Logic in Your Next Automotive Design

Automotive electronics designers have been turning more frequently to programmable logic solutions to meet the needs of their next generation designs. FPGAs offer time-to-market benefits along with simplified qualification and greater flexibility in comparison to historic ASIC-based solutions. Actel is a leading supplier of FPGAs to the automotive industry. Actel parts are being used in the most demanding mission-critical systems, such as powertrain and safety subsystems, in addition to infotainment and body electronics designs.

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.

Xilinx UltraScale: The Next-Generation Architecture for Your Next-Generation Architecture

UltraScale ™ architecture-based FPGAs extend Xilinx’s highly successful Virtex® and Kintex® FPGA and 3D IC families and enable massive data flow, system performance and lower power. To learn how the UltraScale architecture addresses key design challenges by applying leading-edge ASIC techniques in a fully programmable architecture, read the whitepaper.

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.

Actel SmartFusion: Intelligent, Innovative Integration

Actel SmartFusion™ Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs – Innovative, Intelligent, Integration. Introducing the only device that integrates a flash FPGA, hard ARM® Cortex™-M3-based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog into a complete, integrated solution. Don’t compromise your embedded design. Build the system you want, with all the features you need, on a single-chip solution. Read the White Paper to learn more.

What’s New in OrCAD PCB Editor 16.6

In this webcast Rocco Calvello, demonstrates the new features in version 16.6 of OrCAD PCB Editor. Rocco covers four major areas: operating system support, productivity enhancements, route interconnect optimization, DFM, and database & interface enhancements. Many of the productivity enhancements Rocco explains also have short demos so you can see them in action.

Smart, Scalable Debugging with ZeBu

Modern SOC realization requires a development effort beyond that of traditional hardware verification. Creating a complete application-ready SOC platform now includes pre-tapeout software validation and hardware/software co-verification using full-chip RTL models. These billion-cycle scenarios are often beyond the scope of HDL simulation, but are ideal for emulation using EVE’s ZeBu hardware-assisted verification platforms.

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.

Balancing Performance, Power, and Cost with the Kintex-7 FPGAs

In the past, FPGA vendors commonly segmented their portfolios between "high-end" and "low-cost" devices. However, as developers have refined the way they leverage FPGA technologies, they have voiced the need for a "mid-range" solution, featuring high-end functionality and performance in a cost effective package. The Xilinx® Kintex™-7 family of FPGAs was developed for these applications, delivering the most balanced power and performance in the industry while providing high-end features, such as cutting-edge transceivers, integrated IP, and extensive DSP resources.

Xilinx Automotive Spartan-6 FPGA Devices

Learn more about how the new line of automotive devices from Xilinx® can help advance next generation driver assistance, driver information, and driver infotainment applications. Presented by Thorsten Kistler, Automotive Marketing Manager, Europe.

UltraScale FPGAs Power Advantage

See how you can address power savings and provide more performance headroom in your next generation designs with the UltraScale™ FPGAs.

SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification Datasheet

The SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.

Unlock New Levels of Productivity for Your Design Using ISE Design Suite 12

In addition to the anticipated performance improvements commensurate with the production release of a Xilinx tool suite, the release of ISE v12 software unveils significant innovations with far-reaching potential. A new power-optimization capability called intelligent clock gating can reduce dynamic power by up to 30%. An innovation called design preservation vastly improves the user’s ability to achieve and maintain timing closure and design repeatability.

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.


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