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Driving Optimization

What do high level synthesis, FPGAs, and the first 3D printer capable of printing fully-functional electronics have in common? This week’s podcast, of course! First up, I chat with Max Odendahl (CEO, Founder – Silexica) about ins and outs of system level understanding and optimization, what we can do with unsynthesizable C/C++ code and how we can tackle the biggest challenges in using Software  (C/C++) for hardware … Read More → "Driving Optimization"

High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 3

In part 1 of this series, we looked at new high-end FPGA families from Xilinx, Intel, and Achronix and discussed their underlying semiconductor processes, the type and amount of programmable logic LUT fabric, the type and amount of DSP/arithmetic resources and their applicability to AI inference acceleration tasks, the claimed TOPS/FLOPS performance capabilities, and on-chip interconnect … Read More → "High-End FPGA Showdown – Part 3"

Achronix and BittWare Accelerate Your Socks Off!

Well, the hot news on the street this week -- if you live on a street where people are scampering around performing hardware acceleration on their algorithms -- is that those clever guys and gals at Achronix , who announced their state-of-the-art 7nm Speedster 7t FPGAs a couple of months ago, have teamed up with the creative chaps and chappesses at BittWare (a Molex Company), who just announced their VectorPath S7t-VG6 accelerator card. … Read More → "Achronix and BittWare Accelerate Your Socks Off!"

Lattice CrossLinkPlus

Three decades ago – at the dawn of programmable logic technology – programmable logic devices such as CPLDs and FPGAs were primarily used for “glue logic.” That is, they could connect just about any digital thing to any other digital thing, regardless of the interface or protocol. In simple terms, FPGAs were digital duct tape. 

Those times are long gone, however, with … Read More → "Lattice CrossLinkPlus"

To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs

The hot news on the street — if you live on a street where people build satellites and space probes for a hobby — is that those little scamps at Microchip Technology have just announced their new radiation-tolerant (RT) PolarFire FPGA, which they proudly proclaim, “…is optimized to meet the most demanding requirements in spacecraft payload systems’ … Read More → "To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs"

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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"