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Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

Building a robust prototype involves a lot more than just throwing a bunch of big FPGAs on a board or in a box. In fact, success of a prototype is a lot more about the system surrounding the boards - the tools, design flow, and IP that make the whole thing come up easily and work smoothly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the new Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform from Cadence, and how it can simplify your prototyping process.

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.

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.

Overcome the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs

Many of today's high-performance board designs have complex timing constraints, and meeting all those constraints can be a significant design challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about advanced design techniques with PADS that will help get you to design closure faster and with fewer headaches on complex, highly-constrained boards.

SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Demo: Code Shadowing from SPI Flash to SDR Memory User’s Guide

This demo design shows SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA device capabilities for code shadowing from serial peripheral interface (SPI) flash memory to single data rate (SDR) synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) and executing the code from SDR SDRAM. Code shadowing is a booting method that is used to execute an image from external faster volatile memories (DRAM) and is the process of copying the code from nonvolatile memory to volatile memory for execution. In performance critical applications, execution speed can be improved by code shadowing where code is copied to higher throughput RAM for faster execution.

New Approaches to Hardware Acceleration Using Ultra Low Density FPGAs

Ask system designers to list the problems they face – it doesn’t matter whether they’re building mobile consumer, automotive, industrial, medical or scientific applications – and inevitably they’ll mention optimizing host processor performance. It’s hardly surprising. The event-driven architecture of these MPUs allows them to multitask and address new priorities as they occur. But as the number of I/O continues to rise, it also places escalating demand on bandwidth. Tasked with managing a wider array of I/O as well as other system-wide command and control functions, today’s host MPUs must remain operational for longer periods of time, thereby consuming precious power and compute resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

It’s Easy to Protect Your Embedded System from Theft

If you have invested years and millions of dollars in the design of an embedded system (and in the creation of the Intellectual Property, or IP, that goes along with the design) it can be of critical importance to protect that system from unauthorized duplication or theft. After all, it’s much easier to steal something as complex as a multi-million gate FPGA design than to create, debug, and test it. The protection of an embedded system that uses FPGAs, is particularly relevant since FPGAs have become the platforms of choice for innovation.

Building a New Type of IP Factory

Reliable IP blocks are essential to the success of most modern SoC and custom IC designs. But finding a reliable, reputable source of verified IP can be challenging. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Kevin Yee (Cadence Design Systems) about Cadence's substantial IP offerings

Leading Up to PCI Express 4.0

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Rubin discusses the history of the PCI Express standard. Moshik starts with PCIe Gen1, which originated in 2002, and walks through the doubling of throughput offered by each new generation, ending with PCIe Gen4.

What is Design Security in a Mainstream SoC?

Do you worry about security in your FPGA design? Are there bad guys out there trying to take advantage of security holes in your electronic designs? What can we do to stop them? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Tim Morin (Microsemi) about the practical aspects of security in mainstream SoC FPGAs - what threats are out there and what we can all do to help keep the bad guys at bay.

Solving the ASIC Prototype Partition Problem with Synopsys ProtoCompiler

When developing a multi-FPGA prototype of an ASIC or SOC, you have many decisions to make: how to distribute clocks; where to put the daughter boards with real-world interfaces; which modules should be assigned to each FPGA; where and how many cables connect the FPGAs; and how to squeeze all the signals into those cables. All these decisions need to result in the fastest possible prototype that you can build and debug in the allotted time. And every week the RTL changes, and sometimes it seems that every decision you make forces you to revisit all the decisions that came before.There is a better way.

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.

Announcing ProtoCompiler for Multi-FPGA Prototyping

Prototyping Automation and Debug Software for HAPS FPGA-Based Prototyping Systems Improves Prototyping Performance

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.

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.

System Design with Advance FPGA Timing Models

Advanced FPGAs are difficult to characterized due to their advanced process nodes, which delays the availability of final timing models until silicon characterization is completed. This paper describes the timing models available for end-user FPGA design, in advance of production FPGAs. This paper explains the development cycle of FPGAs, along with the timing models available at each stage. This paper also describes the best practices that you can use at each stage of the timing model.

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!

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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.

World's Smallest FPGAs Solve 4 Big Problems

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

It's the Software, Silly! - Success with FPGA-based Prototyping

Software is becoming a larger and larger part of our system-on-chip (SoC) designs. It is critical that we be able to begin developing and debugging software as early as possible in the design cycle. But, the hardware part of today's complex designs takes months to stabilize. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the tight relationship between software and emulation and how you can achieve success in your SoC design with a comprehensive emulation strategy.

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.

Super Low Power MCUs: NanoWatt XLP Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Jason Tollefson of Microchip Technology about a radical new line of microcontrollers from Microchip that combine amazing processing capability with almost unbelievably low power consumption.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Xilinx and Open-Silicon HMC Memory Solution

Watch a demonstration of the industry's first available 12.5 Gb/s Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) interface using the Xilinx Virtex®-7 FPGA. See how this solution provides superior memory bandwidth for your application using HMC technology, Virtex-7 FPGA, and Open-Silicon IP.

Leading Up to PCI Express 4.0

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Rubin discusses the history of the PCI Express standard. Moshik starts with PCIe Gen1, which originated in 2002, and walks through the doubling of throughput offered by each new generation, ending with PCIe Gen4.

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.

Navigating the FDA Approval Process for Your Software Based Medical Device

Understand how to get your product to market within product launch schedules. Review challenges companies face as they seek FDA approval and review guidance and resources to assist with successfully navigating the approval process. Learn about a number of important areas including premarket submissions, documentation, verification and validation (V&V), user experience and human factors design, and cybersecurity.  Presented by Steve Robertson with Mentor Graphics Embedded Software.  

Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

Building a robust prototype involves a lot more than just throwing a bunch of big FPGAs on a board or in a box. In fact, success of a prototype is a lot more about the system surrounding the boards - the tools, design flow, and IP that make the whole thing come up easily and work smoothly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the new Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform from Cadence, and how it can simplify your prototyping process.

Internet of Things (IoT) Design Considerations for Embedded Connected Devices

Embedded connectivity has been around since the early days of M2M. But what is new are the many complexities and emerging standards embedded system developers need to know if they are to design the latest IoT device. This paper delves into many of the key considerations developers need to know and discusses the critical areas of IoT security and connectivity along with the importance of a proven RTOS.

Developing Medical Device Software Confirming with IEC 62304 Standard

The IEC 62304 standard for medical device software complies with requirements in the European Union and the United States. Learn about this standard, how to manage risks and establish best practices in the software life cycle to support certification and audit to meet the requirements for IEC 62305.  Explore topics that include using software of unknown provenance (SOUP), mitigating risk throughout the life cycle, managing requirements, code quality standards and configuration management.

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.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek Ultra 4K Tool Box

David Ackroyd, Business Development Director for OmniTek demonstrates an an Ultra 4K Tool Box that includes conversions from 4K to/from SD including quad 3G-SDI.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek OZ 745

Michael Hodson, President of OmniTek, demonstrates their Scalable Video Pipeline and the Real-time Video Engine OZ 745 development platform which is based on the Zynq® 7045 AP SoC.

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System Management

Semiconductor devices are prone to failure even after they have been tested, packaged and shipped by the semiconductor vendor. The main factors that contribute to device failure in a system are electrically, environmentally and mechanically induced failures. Because mechanical failures are almost impossible to mitigate at the electrical or electronic design stage the following discussion focuses on electrical and environmental stresses.

Achieving 1066-MHz DDR3 Performance With Advanced Silicon and Memory IP

FPGA applications are demanding higher memory bandwidth and greater performance. To meet these requirements, we offer external memory solutions that are faster, better, and easier to use.

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.

Lowering Power at 28nm with Xilinx 7 Series FPGAs

This white paper describes several aspects of power related to the Xilinx® 28nm 7 series FPGAs, including the TSMC 28nm high-k metal gate (HKMG), high performance, low power (28nm HPLor 28 HPL) process choice. The power benefits afforded by the 28 HPL process and its usefulness across Xilinx's full product offerings is described as well as the architectural innovations and features for power reduction across the dimensions of static power, dynamic power, and I/O power.

Intelligent Power Management with SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGA

The Mixed Signal Power Manager (MPM) reference design delivers flexible power management configured using the standalone MPM PC GUI tool to bear on power sequencing and management.

Implementing FPGA Design with the OpenCL Standard (REVISED)

Utilizing the Khronos Group’s OpenCL™ standard on an FPGA may offer significantly higher performance and at much lower power than is available today from hardware architectures such as CPUs, graphics processing units (GPUs), and digital signal processing (DSP) units. In addition, an FPGA-based heterogeneous system (CPU + FPGA) using the OpenCL standard has a significant time-to-market advantage compared to traditional FPGA development using lower level hardware description languages (HDLs) such as Verilog or VHDL.

Increasing Design Functionality with Partial and Dynamic Reconfiguration in 28nm FPGAs

FPGAs provide the perfect platform for accommodating improvements and design changes in functionality because of the full reconfiguration feature. However, for applications such as the 100G-OTN muxponders that require changes in logic without disrupting the entire system and stopping the flow of data, a need for a partial reconfiguration feature comes into play. Altera® Stratix® V FPGAs support partial reconfiguration and other features to address applications including 100G-OTN muxponders.

Faster Simulation, Faster Builds at Freescale with Palladium XP Platform

Freescale wanted to augment its simulation process for longer running test cases, enable its software teams, and have performance validation (for latency, bandwidth, and throughput) in place. Watch this video to hear Paresh Joshi, a principal staff design engineer at the company, explain how the Cadence® Palladium® XP platform met all of these requirements while helping Freescale speed its simulation process and achieve faster builds.

New Episode - Circular Placement for Multi-Channel Designs - Altium's Design Secret Video Series

Watch a selection of short videos featuring tips, tricks and processes to get the most out of designing with Altium.

What's New in Vivado 2014.1

Learn what's new in the Vivado® Design Suite 2014.1. We'll review the new lightweight installer, introduce the Xilinx Tcl Store and wrap-up with the new Timing Constraints Wizard.

Scalable Smart Debugging With ZeBu-Server

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti of EVE about how EVE's ZeBu emulation technology can help you find that one last bug in even the biggest of designs.

Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit

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

Using FPGAs for Trapezoidal Motor Control

Whether the need is for quieter blower fans in air conditioning systems, or greater efficiency under dynamically changing load conditions for an electric car drive-train, performance and cost goals for permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM or BLDC) controllers become more challenging by the day.

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.

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 Estimation and Management for MachXO2 Devices

A key requirement for many of today’s high volume FPGA applications is low power consumption. The MachXO2™ PLD provides many power-saving features including Power Controller, Bank Controller and Power Guard. This technical note provides users with detail for using the MachXO2 low power architectural features including power supply considerations and power estimations provided by the Power Calculator tool.

Promises and Challenges of DDR4 Memory Technology

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays, Kishore Kasamsetty provides a history on DDR4 technology. He also walks you through the improvements of DDR4 over DDR3, as well as the memory standard's specifications and the challenges of meeting these specifications.


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