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Verifying Solid State Drives Incorporating NVM Express

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Mukul Dawar explains the NVM Express protocol and considerations to keep in mind when using verification IP to perform functional verification.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Vivado Design Suite: Integrated Design Environment

Software engineers have long depended on integrated design environments (IDEs) to help manage complex design processes. Now, hardware engineers can take advantage of the same complexity-taming level of integration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton explores the IDE in Vivado Design Suite with Brian Lay of Xilinx.

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.

Infineon's 8th Generation of RF Transistors Maximize Receiver Sensitivity and Range

If you're designing systems that use the latest WiFi standards, you know that a great RF transistor with high gain and low noise is key to good performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Andrew Nelson of Infineon about the latest in high-performance RF transistors - Infineon's new 8th generation.

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.

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.

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.

Industrial Temperature Measurement Solutions

Many industrial designs need data from sensors such as temperature probes. But, getting from the analog world of probe signals to the digital world where the magic happens can be a tedious and tricky process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated about an easy way to connect up sensors such as temperature probes in your next industrial design.

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.

OTN Transport of Baseband Radio Serial Protocols in C-RAN Architecture for Mobile Network Applications

This joint white paper by MTI Mobile and Altera presents a proof of concept implementation of digital baseband radio data transport over Optical Transport Network (OTN) compliant to 3GPP Long Term Evolution – Advanced (LTE-A) standard, which enables us to exploit the benefits of Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that data transport between the MTI Radiocomp’s baseband module and a remote radio module over an OTN-compliant mapper from Altera is compliant to Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and to the OBSAI interface protocols.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ravi Mahatme from ARM and King Ou from GLOBALFOUNDRIES about how IP and process solutions can help solve our power management problems.

Power Supply Management in High-Availability Systems

One of the most basic (and most often overlooked) aspects of high-reliability system design is getting reliable power to all of our components. We need the right kind of power at the right places - at the right times, and in the right order. We need to handle power-up, power-down, and reset cases (among others). It can be really complicated. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Wendy Lockhart of Microsemi about how to handle power management for high-reliability systems.

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.

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.

Accelerated Design Productivity with the Kintex-7 FPGA Display Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia gets into the guts of display technology with Aaron Behman of Xilinx. From the newest standards to the details of 4K2K, we will tell you how FPGAs are uniquely capable of meeting the extreme performance and power challenges posed by current and emerging video standards.

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.

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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.

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.

Strategies to Develop Secure and Robust Embedded Devices

Learn a pragmatic approach to configuring a heterogeneous multicore ARM® device built with ARM TrustZone™ technology and trade-offs of various implementations.

Verifying Solid State Drives Incorporating NVM Express

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Mukul Dawar explains the NVM Express protocol and considerations to keep in mind when using verification IP to perform functional verification.

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.

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.  

Using USB IP Controllers in Today's Devices

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jacek Duda follows up on his earlier video focused on USB performance and now takes a closer look at USB IP controllers and their roles in today's devices.

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Considerations Surrounding Single Event Effects in FPGAs, ASICs, and Processors

Single event effects (SEEs) are of a growing concern in high-reliability system development, yet there is much disparity among users of ASICs and FPGAs with regard to understanding how susceptible their designs might be.

Real-Time Challenges and Opportunities in SoCs (REVISED)

Advanced process technology and system-integration provide the driving forces behind silicon convergence. The latest advancement in programmable technology is the SoC, which integrates an Altera® FPGA with an ARM® applications processor, plus a rich peripheral processor subsystem. The convergence of these technologies provides new challenges and opportunities for real-time embedded system design.

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.

What Is VIP?

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

Xilinx Stacked Silicon Interconnect Technology Delivers Breakthrough FPGA Capacity, Bandwidth, and Power Efficiency

The programmable imperative—the critical need to achieve more with less, to reduce risks wherever possible, and to quickly create differentiated products using programmable hardware design platforms—is driving the search for FPGA-based solutions that provide the capacity, lower power, and higher bandwidth with which users can create the system-level functionality currently delivered by ASICs and ASSPs. Download this whitepaper to learn more.

Developing Multipoint Touch Screens and Panels With CPLDs

When a certain web-enabled multimedia smartphone hit the market in 2007, it transformed the way that consumers interact with their handheld devices. Especially engaging is the fluid touch-screen interface that allows users to access an array of applications or scroll through web pages with their fingertips. To develop such sophisticated interfaces with high I/O counts, ease of use, low power, and flexibility to support product differentiation, design with zero-power Altera MAX IIZ CPLDs.

Synopsys’ HAPS Developer eXpress FPGA-based Prototyping Solution

FPGA-based prototypes deliver high-performance operation and real-world connectivity but unless they can be brought-up and deployed early in the ASIC development project the speed and connectivity benefits are of no use if the prototype is late. Prototypes must be rapidly assembled and ASIC RTL “drops” integrated and made operational for validation scenarios and software integration in weeks – not months. With development cycles shrinking and software content growing, the demand for software-driven, in-context validation of new RTL blocks and IP requires that FPGA-based prototypes be delivered as fast as possible.

Analyze FPGA Transceiver Interoperability and Signal Integrity

Altera’s new Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Kit, Stratix® IV GX Edition, enables a thorough evaluation of the transceiver’s interoperability and SERDES signal integrity. This 8-minute video demonstrates the performance differences between 3-inch and 40-inch board traces and how pre-emphasis dramatically improves signal quality. You'll also learn what a "bit-error ratio" is and why it's important as well as how to monitor power consumption through the kit's GUI.

Introduction to the Xilinx Tcl Store

In this video, you will learn about the Xilinx Tcl Store, which is an open source repository of Tcl code. The Tcl Store provides a mechanism for users to share useful scripts for various tasks. The Xilinx Tcl Store is user-developed and user-supported hosted on GitHub. There is a repository browser built into Vivado® where you can browse, install, uninstall, and update apps. Apps are modules or groups of Tcl code that performs or supports related tasks that extends and complements native Vivado Tcl commands.

Implementing High-Performance FIR Filters and FFTs in 28nm FPGAs

Finite impulse response (FIR) and fast Fourier transforms (FFTs) are two of the most common digital signal processing (DSP) functions implemented in FPGAs. In this webcast, you’ll learn how the FPGA industry’s first variable-precision DSP architecture, available in 28nm Altera® FPGAs, is optimized for FIR and FFT implementation.

Accurately Analyzing Power in a Simulink Software Model-Based Design Flow

Frequency, run time, and area utilizations are widely used as benchmarking metrics to gauge quality of results (QoR) for FPGA designs and tool performance. In the past, it was sufficient to have a design run at a certain frequency while being able to fit into a target device. However, those metrics alone are no longer sufficient.

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.

Preparing for Google TV

Google and partners recently announced Google TV—an open, architecture-neutral platform that will bring the full web experience to television viewing. Given the fact that MIPS licensees lead in the digital home today, it is likely that there will be a large number of future Google TV systems based on the MIPS architecture. Leveraging our work with Android and our ongoing relationship with Google, MIPS is in an excellent position to work with our licensees as Google TV moves beyond initial reference platforms and into mainstream development within the digital home market. By designing your SoC to the right specifications now, you can be ahead of the market when the Google TV code is available in open source in 2011. In this paper, we will provide you with an in-depth description of hardware requirements and recommendations for developing an SoC that will support the Google TV operating system!

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.

FPGA Product Support and EOL as Past Performance Indicators

This white paper presents the factors that lead to product obsolescence decisions made by FPGA vendors and how you can use this knowledge to craft obsolescence risk mitigation plans. This paper also introduces the idea of exercising Past Performance Assessments of FPGA vendors as both a risk and cost factor in making FPGA selection in military system design.

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.

Empowering the Virtual Cluster

In this video, Nick Difiore explains how the capabilities of Xilinx FPGAs allow a switch from mechanical to electronic displays.


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