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Xilinx Vitis and Vitis AI Software Development Platforms

At this week’s Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF) in San Jose, California, Xilinx announced “Vitis” – a new framework for developing applications that use Xilinx programmable logic devices such as FPGAs, ACAPs, MPSoCs, RFSoCs, and all the other acronyms they can come up with that refer to what we’d call “FPGAs.” With an abundance of grandiosity, the company proclaimed that Vitis was “five years and a total of 1,000 man-years … Read More → "Xilinx Vitis and Vitis AI Software Development Platforms"

The Acceleration Situation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Clay Johnson (CEO – CacheQ) joins us to discuss the history of processor performance demands and why today’s designs require a variety of different technologies to increase compute performance. Clay and I also chat about the details of their QCC platform and how their platform is helping software developers leverage the benefits of heterogeneous distributed compute environments. Also this week, we … Read More → "The Acceleration Situation"

Group Puzzles Out Silicon Specs

Someday, a new class of semiconductor companies will assemble their products Lego-style, mixing and matching dice from multiple companies. It’s a huge change that’s still a long way off.

More than 146 people from 80 companies signed up for an event last week at IBM’s Almaden Research Center to take some small steps in this direction. It was the … Read More → "Group Puzzles Out Silicon Specs"

FPGA Fiesta

We’re serving up a double helping of field programmable goodness in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry podcast. Dianne Kibbey (element14) and I dish about this year’s Path II Programmable design series. We discuss the details of this innovative program and how you sign up to participate in this FPGA-based program. Also this week, Geoff Tate (CEO – Flex Logix) and I … Read More → "FPGA Fiesta"

High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 1

Intel announced this week that they have begun shipping the first of their new Agilex FPGAs to early-access customers.  This moves us into what we historically think of as the “head-to-head” phase of the competition between the two biggest FPGA suppliers. Xilinx shipped their first “Versal ACAP” FPGAs back in June, so, after a very long and contentious “who is going to ship first?” battle, it … Read More → "High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 1"

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featured blogs
Oct 16, 2019
In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, David Peña discusses Cadence'€™s focus on models for various emerging memory standards. https://youtu.be/_Xps6I6kE0E [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]]...
Oct 15, 2019
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Oct 14, 2019
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Oct 14, 2019
In 1995, I attended a seminar in which the presenter told us that copper was dead.  This sort of statement is not new. The connector market is filled with armchair pundits who predict the demise of everything from D-Subminiature connectors (which are very much alive and ...
Oct 11, 2019
[From the last episode: We looked at subroutines in computer programs.] We saw a couple weeks ago that some memories are big, but slow (flash memory). Others are fast, but not so big '€“ and they'€™re power-hungry to boot (SRAM). This sets up an interesting problem. When ...
chalk talks
Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics Providing clean power for today’s complex FPGAs is a bewildering challenge. These devices can pose serious difficulties for conventional solutions based on buck converters. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jen Vaccaro from Intel about the new Intel Enpirion EC2650 6 amp power solution that offers significant advantages in powering … Read More → "Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics"
Prototyping Billion-Gate Designs with Protium X1 Enterprise Prototyping System   FPGA-based Prototyping certainly isn’t new. And our needs for early firmware and software development, memory modeling and advanced data capture haven’t gotten any better, if anything – they have gotten worse. Hi, I’m Amelia Dalton – host of Chalk Talk. Today my Juergen Jaeger from Cadence Design Systems and I are talking about … Read More → "Prototyping Billion-Gate Designs with Protium X1 Enterprise Prototyping System"
Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit 5G infrastructure presents daunting challenges on the RF front. We want to put the processing as close as possible to the antenna, and the standards are evolving so fast that programmability is a must. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Brown from Avnet and Matt Burns from Samtec about … Read More → "Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit"
High Speed Cable Product Technology   Today’s multi-gigabit high speed serial connections demand a new generation of cables and connectors. With PAM4 and speeds reaching 56 and 112 Gbps, older technology cannot deliver the signal integrity you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Niehoff from Samtec about keeping those eyes wide open with … Read More → "High Speed Cable Product Technology"
Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity   Physical verification can take an enormous amount of time, and catching errors early in the process is the best way to avoid costly and time-consuming iterations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Christen Decoin of Synopsys about accelerating physical design productivity with tools and methods that can help catch … Read More → "Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity"
Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems   Is your backplane getting a little long in the tooth? If you’ve been upgrading your interfaces to today’s super-high-speed standards, your backplane technology is probably getting left behind. You need to consider a high-speed, high-density, future-proofed backplane solution that can keep up with the demands of your system. In this episode of Chalk … Read More → "Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems"