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"
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”.
Mar 18, 2019
My latest article on embedded.com has been published. This piece is the thirtieth installment of the RTOS Revealed series, which will continue to appear for the next few months. The series covers every aspect of real time operating systems. Nucleus SE RTOS initialization and ...
Mar 18, 2019
Today's dense and complex PCB designs require realistic 3D view to investigate the design issues way before they are ready for manufacturing. The complexity of the PCB designs is increasing... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]...
Mar 15, 2019
Readers of the Samtec blog are familiar with the benefits of FMC and FMC+. These popular interfaces define a compact electro-mechanical expansion interface for a daughter card to an FPGA baseboard or other device with re-configurable I/O capability. VITA 57.1 has been around ...
Jan 25, 2019
Let's face it: We're addicted to SRAM. It's big, it's power-hungry, but it's fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don't have anything better in the mainstream yet. We've looked at attempts to improve conven...