In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Frederic Rivoallon of Xilinx and they attempt to unravel the mysteries of FPGA timing closure. As we all know, timing closure on complex FPGA designs can sometimes seem like an endless cycle of iterations through the tool chain. However, using the tools and techniques from this Chalk … Read More → "Timing Closure in FPGA Designs Made Easy with PlanAhead"
No engineer enjoys re-inventing the wheel. We want to focus our talent on the part of our design that’s new and cool. One way we can go straight past that whole “re-inventing the wheel” part of our designs is to take advantage of three key engineering-time-saving technologies: pre-made small form factor boards, high-performance embedded processors and programmable logic … Read More → "Maximize Design Productivity With PCIe/104 FPGA/Processor"
No matter how cool your design project is, you inevitably have to deal with the system and power management aspects before your cool project can actually work. Most folks do that with a bunch of ad-hoc components and a lot of annoying, late-in-the-project overtime work. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with … Read More → "Integrated Power and System Management"
Convergence in today’s electronics is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the fact that devices like smart phones have replaced a bunch of other gadgets is a fantastic development in areas like consumer electronics. On the other hand, getting all of those power-hungry applications to work together without consuming too much power can be a tough … Read More → "IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs"
Not everyone wants to tackle a 2 million logic element FPGA design all by themselves. But where do you start? How do you break down the design steps into logical pieces for a team of people to work on? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with David Dye of Xilinx about how Hierarchical Design methodologies … Read More → "Hierarchical Design Flows: Design Preservation & Team Design"
Video design is easy, right? A silicon press, a couple of coders and some lines of software, and you’re there, right? Well, not so fast. If your design requires intelligent processing of the video, keeping your performance high and your power low in your next video design can be a truly challenging task, but using … Read More → "Spartan-6 FPGAs in Video Designs"
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 … Read More → "Digital Predistortion for Base Station Power Amplifiers"
In the first episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Bob Potock from Altium as they add Wi-Fi to an FPGA-based embedded system. Click the link below to download a whitepaper entitled “FPGA/PCB Pin Synchronization: How to overcome the increasing management complexity”.
In this second episode of our new Chalk TalkHD Series, Amelia Dalton talks with David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel® Atom™ embedded processor with an Altera Arria® FPGA built right into the package. Click here to register for a chance to win a FREE Intel®-based Atom™ Processor Development Kit! Click the links below to download … Read More → "Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA"
Nov 17, 2017
CASPA is the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association. Once a year they have their annual conference and dinner banquet. I ended up getting involved with them a few years ago when I stepped in with 24-hours' notice to moderate a panel session for them, plu...
Nov 15, 2017
SuperComputing 2017 remains in full force this week from the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. There are lots of activity in presentations, seminars, demonstrations and exhibits on the tradeshow floor. Stay tuned to the Samtec blog the rest of the week for more highligh...
Nov 16, 2017
âMommy, Daddy â¦ Why is the sky blue?â As you scramble for an answer that lies somewhere between a discussion of refraction in gasses and âOh, lookâa doggie!â you already know the response to whatever you say will be a horrifyingly sincere âB...
Nov 07, 2017
Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the...