For the engineer doing desktop PCB layout, efficiency is important. You don’t want to waste precious time fighting with your PCB tool, and you don’t want to end up with lousy results because you and your tool weren’t getting along. Mentor Graphics PADS provides an efficient, high-productivity interactive placement and routing environment that lets you … Read More → "Maximize Your Power and Efficiency with PADS Interactive Placement and Routing"
If you’re designing systems that use the latest WiFi standards, you know that a great RF transistor with high gain and low noise is key to good performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Andrew Nelson of Infineon about the latest in high-performance RF transistors – Infineon’s new 8th generation. Click … Read More → "Infineon’s 8th Generation of RF Transistors Maximize Receiver Sensitivity and Range"
It really isn’t important to simulate your PCB design – as long as you don’t care about re-spins, signal integrity, cost… OK, actually, there are many good reasons to simulate your board. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about simulating your board design using PADS. It … Read More → "Verify Design Performance with PADS Best-in-Class Simulation and Analysis"
In today’s PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual … Read More → "Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs"
Many of today’s high-performance board designs have complex timing constraints, and meeting all those constraints can be a significant design challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about advanced design techniques with PADS that will help get you to design closure faster and with fewer headaches … Read More → "Overcome the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs"
Designing 100G Ethernet is a daunting challenge. Timing, power, latency, and throughput all fight with each other, and it’s easy to fall into a design trap with a solution that doesn’t offer a good compromise. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parsun Raha about the challenges of 100G (and beyond), and … Read More → "100G Ethernet Packet Parsing with Spacetime"
Designing battery-powered systems can be challenging. In addition to power and form-factor considerations, today’s batteries require sophisticated charging and monitoring for maximum safety, life, and performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Richard DelRossi of Texas Instruments about battery management solutions that can dramatically simplify your next battery-powered design while adding important … Read More → "Battery Management Solutions"
Your design needs to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), doesn’t it? Connecting your device to the rapidly expanding IoT opens up a wide world of potential new capabilities. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andreas Eieland (Atmel) about some amazing new devices that can dramatically simplify the task of getting … Read More → "Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family"
Reliable IP blocks are essential to the success of most modern SoC and custom IC designs. But finding a reliable, reputable source of verified IP can be challenging. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Kevin Yee (Cadence Design Systems) about Cadence’s substantial IP offerings. Click the link below to download a free design IP … Read More → "Building a New Type of IP Factory"
Low-power design used to be an afterthought. Today, however, we need to consider power throughout the entire design cycle – from RTL all the way through GDSII. And, we can have significant impact on overall power consumption with optimizations at just about every stage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete … Read More → "Cadence Low Power Solution – RTL to GDSII Low Power Design"
Dec 13, 2018
A few years ago, I was working for a large company in Menlo Park. The job itself was not where I wanted to be, and I was happy to leave it for Cadence. But despite my bellyaching about the position,... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community si...
Dec 13, 2018
In November, we continued our mobile updates to the website, released a couple of new content experiences, and made placing sample requests even easier. Read more below on these and the rest of the major updates to Samtec.com for November 2018. Continued Improvements to our M...
Dec 10, 2018
With Apple's 'Wearable' category of sales setting a new record this September with growth over 50%, and FitBit seeing growth in both trackers......
Nov 14, 2018
People of a certain age, who mindfully lived through the early microcomputer revolution during the first half of the 1970s, know about Bill Godbout. He was that guy who sent out crudely photocopied parts catalogs for all kinds of electronic components, sold from a Quon...