Many of us have heard about the new game-changing devices that combine ARM-based SoCs with FPGA fabric. These are some of the most exciting devices to hit the market in the last decade. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD I chat with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how … Read More → "Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?"
What if we could design our embedded devices in a way that pretty much took the battery issue off the table? If we could dramatically reduce our power consumption, the choice of battery wouldn’t be such a critical compromise in our design. And – what if – for some devices – we could get rid … Read More → "Maximizing Battery Life with TI’s Wolverine Technology"
Industrial Ethernet is one of the most important and widespread standards out there, but implementing high-performance ethernet can be tricky. Never fear, in this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Suhel Dhanani (Altera) about the who, what, and how of industrial ethernet design. Click here for more information about designing industrial ethernet with Altera and Softing. Click … Read More → "Simplifying Industrial Ethernet Design"
Getting the right power to your FPGA has gotten a lot more complicated, but it doesn’t have to mess up your day or cut into your golf time. In this episode of Chalk Talk HD Amelia chats with Jordon Inkeles (Altera) and Sharad Khanal (Linear Technology) about pairing Altera’s Stratix V FPGAs with Linear Technology’s power modules for … Read More → "Powering Stratix V FPGAs (Made Easy)"
Most FPGA designers don’t know much about formal methodologies for verification. It’s too bad, because today’s complicated FPGA designs can really take advantage of standardized methodologies like UVM. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia and Jerry Kaczynski (Aldec) are going to unscramble the anagrams and get you on your way to understanding and harnessing the power of … Read More → "Verification Methodologies (Made Easy)"
FPGAs have amazing capabilities when it comes to accelerating performance-critical algorithms at a tiny fraction of the power it would require to run them in software. The marriage of FPGAs with conventional CPUs could provide a truly remarkable high-performance computing platform. However, the problem has always been how to program one of these awesome FPGA+CPU … Read More → "OpenCL on FPGAs: Accelerating Performance and Design Productivity"
When it comes to our hardware engineering projects, we need to keep our design data well organized. In the software world, this is accomplished with the help of version control systems. Unfortunately, most of us don’t learn version control for hardware design. In this episode of Chalk Talk HD Amelia chats with Ben Jordan of Altium … Read More → "Effective Version Control for Electronic Design"
Do you find that FPGA design flows can get a bit confusing and difficult to manage? What we really need is an integrated design environment that will help us keep our design activities organized. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Satyam Jani from Aldec about integrated design environments (IDEs) for FPGA design, why FPGA … Read More → "Integrated Design Environment for FPGA"
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. Click The Link Below to Learn … Read More → "Accelerated Design Productivity with the Kintex-7 FPGA Display Kit"
You may think you know all the options for FPGA design, but Microsemi’s new SmartFusion2 breaks a lot of rules. The latest, souped-up version of the popular SmartFusion family is much bigger, faster, and more capable than anything the company has produced before, and may change the game in mid-range FPGAs. In this episode of … Read More → "Introducing SmartFusion2 FPGAs"
Jul 16, 2018
This week it is CDNLive Japan on Friday July 20th. I will be there so obviously this will be my latest trip to Japan...but we will start by looking at my first trip to Japan. The first trip I made to Japan was in 1983. This was very early. If you have been in semiconductors o...
Jul 12, 2018
A single failure of a machine due to heat can bring down an entire assembly line to halt. At the printed circuit board level, we designers need to provide the most robust solutions to keep the wheels...
Jun 29, 2018
Once you've made the correct decision to add Speedcore eFPGA IP to your ASIC or SoC design, the next question you'll need to answer is how large to make the eFPGA. That's a multi-dimensional question because Speedcore eFPGAs contain many types of blocks including:...