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Q&A with Xilinx President and CEO Victor Peng

“Strategy is about setting yourself apart from the competition” – Michael Porter, Harvard Business School

Earlier this month, Xilinx announced the 7nm Versal ACAP series of advanced programmable ICs along with a new board-level hardware accelerator for data centers called Alveo. Xilinx President and CEO  Victor Peng announced these products during his keynote on October 2 at the Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF) held in … Read More → "Q&A with Xilinx President and CEO Victor Peng"

Why does Xilinx say That its New 7nm Versal “ACAP” isn’t an FPGA?

Xilinx has been performing a slow reveal of its new ACAP (adaptive compute acceleration platform) architecture for many months, and the company unveiled much more—including the new “Versal” family name and six (!) new, multi-member series (aka families) of 7nm ACAP devices—at its October 1 Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF), held in San Jose, California. (The company says that “Versal” is a contraction of the words “versatile” … Read More → "Why does Xilinx say That its New 7nm Versal “ACAP” isn’t an FPGA?"

Finance 101: Lemonade Stand, Inc.

“Venture capital is about capturing the value between the startup phase and the public company phase.” – Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

We live in a world of high finance. We don’t necessarily have to enjoy it, but it’s useful to understand it. Not because you’re likely to jump careers from engineering to corporate finance (although you certainly could), but … Read More → "Finance 101: Lemonade Stand, Inc."

Altium Disrupts PCB Design

PCB design is more art than science. A painter beginning a painting has only a concept, and the painter’s work is to transform that concept into a physical realization of canvas, oils, pigments, and brush strokes.  There are an infinite number of paintings that could result, and the experience, expertise, intuition, and creativity of the artist give life to the finished work of art. When … Read More → "Altium Disrupts PCB Design"

Lattice Raises the Bar on Low Power AI

We are all focusing a lot of attention on neural network inference these days. There is lengthy debate about the relative merits of GPUs, high-end FPGAs, and other specialized solutions for generating the most and best inferencing per coloumb. Most of that centers around data center or high-end edge designs. But the real volume for inferencing chips will clearly be in cost-, power-, and space-constrained edge … Read More → "Lattice Raises the Bar on Low Power AI"

Plunify Cloud-powers Xilinx

As FPGA designs have gone from manageable to humongous, the demands on design tools and design tool expertise has risen exponentially. Long gone are the days when an applications engineer could waltz into your lab, click a few magic keys on a laptop, and walk out an hour later, having helped you achieve timing closure on your problematic FPGA design. Now, FPGA tools demand massive amounts … Read More → "Plunify Cloud-powers Xilinx"

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featured blogs
Oct 19, 2018
过孔转换对信号布线来说十分常见。在高速设计中过孔转换是造成PCB互连中信号衰减的主要原因。而且高é...
Oct 19, 2018
Any engineer who has designed an IC-based solution likely used some sort of HW development tool. Semiconductor manufacturers have a long history of providing engineers with the HW tools needed to test their silicon. Evaluation platforms, like the Xilinx® Zynq UltraScale+ ...
Oct 16, 2018
  IC Insights has just published the September Update to The 2018 McClean Report, and one figure (reproduced below) puts yet another nail into the coffin for poor old Moore'€™s Law. Now please take care. There'€™s a vertical line between the 200mm wafers on the left ...
Oct 12, 2018
At the end of the day, your products are only as good as their in-the-field performance. It doesn'€™t matter how well they performed in a controlled environment....
chalk talks
HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution   High-performance FPGA-based prototyping has moved to the desktop. Validation of hardware and software interoperability can now be much more convenient and productive. HAPS 80D from Synopsys delivers a complete hardware and software prototyping solution right to your desk. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neil Songcuan of Synopsys about the … Read More → "HAPS-80 Desktop Prototyping Solution"
Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor   48V power supplies have numerous advantages over lower voltage systems. With 48V you can deliver more power more efficiently in a smaller form factor. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Robert Gendron and Ian Mazsa of Vicor about advantages and tips for designing higher-voltage power systems. Click here for … Read More → "Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor"
MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET"
Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here to … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"
Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink   Today’s FPGA designs require industrial-strength functional verification. The ad-hoc methods that worked with older, smaller FPGAs just don’t cut it anymore. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about ASIC-strength functional verification with model-based design. Click here for more information about how to verify VHDL and … Read More → "Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink"