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"
In the first episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Bob Potock from Altium as they add Wi-Fi to an FPGA-based embedded system. Click the link below to download a whitepaper entitled “FPGA/PCB Pin Synchronization: How to overcome the increasing management complexity”.
In this second episode of our new Chalk TalkHD Series, Amelia Dalton talks with David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel® Atom™ embedded processor with an Altera Arria® FPGA built right into the package. Click here to register for a chance to win a FREE Intel®-based Atom™ Processor Development Kit! Click the links below to download … Read More → "Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA"
Dec 10, 2018
Last weekend, I took my son to the Dickens Fair for the second year in a row. As we did last year, we had a marvelous time, and I was reminded of the holiday special I wrote last year, as well. So,... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community sit...
Dec 10, 2018
We may think of prosthetics as devices created to enable basic functions, such as walking or grasping an object. Regarded as a necessity, but not an asset, prosthetics of the past......
Dec 7, 2018
That's shocking! Insulation Resistance and Dielectric Withstanding Voltage are two of the qualification tests that Samtec performs in-house during part qualification testing. These tests will ensure that when a connector is used in environmental conditions at the rated wo...
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...