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). … Read More → "Power Supply Management in High-Availability Systems"
Neutrons are coming for you and you’d better be prepared. Whether we like it or not, SEUs (Single Event Upsets) are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for our designs, especially for high realibility systems. If you thought SEUs couldn’t mess up your next design because you aren’t designing something destined for space, you need … Read More → "High-Reliability in FPGA Design – SEU Mitigation"
In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tori Darien from Xilinx about using Tcl in Xilinx’s PlanAhead tool for FPGA design. Amelia throws Tori some examples, and Tori walks us through how to work them using PlanAhead’s Tcl interface. Click The Button Below to Fill Out A Short Survey and Enter to Win an LX9 … Read More → "The Power of Tcl in PlanAhead"
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"
Aug 14, 2018
Introducing the culmination of months of handwork and collaboration. The Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design is a play off the original Douglas Adams novel and contains over 100 pages of contains......
Aug 14, 2018
Harold Wilson, then Britain's Prime-minister, once said, "A week is a long time in politics." Well, a year is a long time in the current automotive market. I've written quite a bit about the market in general (most recently about the Chinese market, see my...
Aug 13, 2018
Last week at Intel's Data-Centric Innovations Conference, a rude attendee sitting a few seats away from me in the auditorium persisted in using his mobile phone during presentations. He attempted to muffle his voice by covering his mouth with his hand but only succeeded i...
Aug 9, 2018
In July we rolled out several new content updates to the website, as well as a brand new streamlined checkout experience. We also made some updates to the recently released FSE locator tool to make it far easier to find your local Samtec FSE. Here are the major web updates fo...
Jul 30, 2018
As discussed in part 1 of this blog post, each instance of an Achronix Speedcore eFPGA in your ASIC or SoC design must be configured after the system powers up because Speedcore eFPGAs employ nonvolatile SRAM technology to store its configuration bits. The time required to pr...