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Faster Time to First Prototype

ASIC and SoC development projects demand prototypes as early as possible for system validation and hardware/software integration. A combination of a Design-for-Prototyping (DFP) methodology and automation tools can help design engineers responsible for emulation and prototyping to accelerate the time to first prototype and then replicate it successfully for distribution to other end-users like firmware/software developers.

Bridging MIPI Technologies with ULD FPGAs

With mobile-based standards such as MIPI sweeping the design landscape, we will often find ourselves in the situation of needing to bridge between legacy interfaces and newer MIPI-based ones. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ted Marena of Lattice Semiconductor about using ultra-low-density FPGAs in mobile devices to enable us to get our other interfaces to play nicely with MIPI - with form-factors and power efficiency that are right at home in mobile devices.

SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Demo: Code Shadowing from SPI Flash to SDR Memory User’s Guide

This demo design shows SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA device capabilities for code shadowing from serial peripheral interface (SPI) flash memory to single data rate (SDR) synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) and executing the code from SDR SDRAM. Code shadowing is a booting method that is used to execute an image from external faster volatile memories (DRAM) and is the process of copying the code from nonvolatile memory to volatile memory for execution. In performance critical applications, execution speed can be improved by code shadowing where code is copied to higher throughput RAM for faster execution.

Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family

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 your next design into the IoT party.

Getting PCB Designs to Market Quickly with OrCAD PCB Design Tools at FTD Automation

FTD Automation is a Cadence® channel partner in India. In this video, Mahendra, a sr. applications engineer at FTD Automation, talks about the time-to-market and scalability benefits of Cadence OrCAD® PCB design tools. These tools, says, Mahendra, help design engineers address challenges including design complexity and cost, with capabilities including fully integrated schematic entry, signal integrity analysis, and place-and-route methodology.

World's Smallest FPGAs Solve 4 Big Problems

In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Gordon Hands (Lattice Semiconductor) about some awesomely tiny FPGAs that bring the power of programmable logic into devices like cell phones, tablets, and other power and form factor sensitive applications.

Overcome the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs

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 on complex, highly-constrained boards.

High Speed Converters: What? Why? (and a little How?)

As we move our analog-to-digital conversion closer to the beginning of our signal chain, the performance demands can get extreme. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Robertson - VP at Analog Devices about how to design high-speed converters for today's most demanding applications.

Scripted Flows in Vivado Design Suite

When you're using a new tool for the first time, a good GUI is great to have, but once you're up and running and automating a complex design process, scripted flows offer a much more powerful means of controlling your tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ron Plyler of Xilinx explore scripted flows in the Vivado design suite.

Vivado IP Flows

Doing IP-based design can be a major productivity booster for your engineering project. But, your ability to easily use and re-use IP can be severely limited if your design tools don't have robust support for creating the IP flow you want. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx explain how you can create the perfect IP flow for your design process in the Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx.

Vivado IP Integrator

Even the best "plug and play" IP blocks are far from fool-proof. One of the most challenging aspects of IP-based design can be getting the blocks stitched together properly, making sure you have the right version of all the IP blocks, and confirming the configuration of your whole design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven about the powerful correct-by-construction automation built into the IP Integrator in Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx. IP Integrator seriously raises the bar on automation of IP-based design.

Rigid-Flex and Embedded Components

These days, flexibile circuit boards are making their way into the mainstream. Rigid-flex design gives us all kinds of new capabilities in form factor, as well as the opportunity to replace expensive and unreliable cables and connectors. But, how do you handle rigid-flex PCB design in your layout tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Altium's Ben Jordan about rigid-flex design in Altium Designer - and how you can use those same capabilities for embedded components as a bonus!

Leading Up to PCI Express 4.0

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Rubin discusses the history of the PCI Express standard. Moshik starts with PCIe Gen1, which originated in 2002, and walks through the doubling of throughput offered by each new generation, ending with PCIe Gen4.

Developing Clean Efficient Power with LLC Resonant Converters with Infineon

Ready to get your black belt in DC power conversion? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sam Abdel-Rahman of Infineon about how to make a versatile, high-efficiency, LLC resonant mode power converter. So, buckle up, hit play, and get your DC on!

Accelerating System Bandwidth with FPGAs and Hybrid Memory Cube

Move over DDR, the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) is here! But, from a design perspective, care and feeding of the amazing HMC can be a lot more demanding than DDR. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Manish Deo of Altera explain how powerful FPGAs can help you tame the HMC in your next design.

Cadence Tempus Timing Signoff Solution

Achieving timing closure for signoff can be a daunting challenge in today's complex designs. Meeting timing under all conditions - with the certainty required for signoff - is a complex and demanding task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about the special challenges of signoff timing closure, and Cadence's new Tempus timing analysis tool.

ProtoCompiler - The Fastest Way to Deliver Synopsys HAPS® Series FPGA-Based ASIC Prototypes

Prototypes for pre-silicon system validation and hardware/software integration are essential for today’s IP and SoC design teams. But development schedules are short and the brief time from “RTL drop” to test chip availability means that prototyping engineers are under tremendous pressure to deliver an operational prototype as fast as possible. ProtoCompiler is designed to minimize the effort and time required to bring-up and then deploy a Synopsys HAPS Series system for IP validation and software development with automation features for design planning, logic synthesis, debug, and workstation connectivity. The prototyping software is tightly integrated with the HAPS Series to deliver system performance unmatched by traditional “budget” circuit boards and FPGA design tools.

Industrial Temperature Measurement Solutions

Many industrial designs need data from sensors such as temperature probes. But, getting from the analog world of probe signals to the digital world where the magic happens can be a tedious and tricky process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated about an easy way to connect up sensors such as temperature probes in your next industrial design.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek Ultra 4K Tool Box

David Ackroyd, Business Development Director for OmniTek demonstrates an an Ultra 4K Tool Box that includes conversions from 4K to/from SD including quad 3G-SDI.

System Design with Advance FPGA Timing Models

Advanced FPGAs are difficult to characterized due to their advanced process nodes, which delays the availability of final timing models until silicon characterization is completed. This paper describes the timing models available for end-user FPGA design, in advance of production FPGAs. This paper explains the development cycle of FPGAs, along with the timing models available at each stage. This paper also describes the best practices that you can use at each stage of the timing model.

How to Design a Sigma Delta Mixer Circuit

In parts 1 & 2 of this 3-part Chalk Talk series, we talked about how Triad Semiconductor can save you 75%, or even as much as 99% in your next mixed-signal ASIC design. But, what good is savings if you don't know what you can design with it? In this third episode of our 3-part Chalk Talk series, Amelia and Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor have fun taking ViaDesigner out for a spin - designing a sigma delta mixer.

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Spartan-6 FPGAs in Video Designs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with Tom Hill and Maureen Smerdon of Xilinx about how Spartan-6 FPGAs can accelerate your next video design, and how adding embedded vision to those designs is getting easier and easier.

Introducing SmartFusion2 FPGAs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Wendy Lockhart of Microsemi about Microsemi's biggest FPGA announcement this year - SmartFusion2. This new family can do things we never expected from Microsemi's non-volatile FPGAs. Watch this Chalk Talk to learn what it's all about.

Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how you can get started designing with them.

Hierarchical Design Flows: Design Preservation & Team Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with David Dye of Xilinx about how Hierarchical Design methodologies and Team Design can accelerate your next FPGA design and get those team members of yours working productively together. With these tools and techniques, two million logic elements won't seem like that much after all.

Integrated Power and System Management

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Shyam Chandra of Lattice Semiconductor about an integrated approach to system and power management that will lighten your design load, improve your overall system design, and probably lower your total cost at the same time.

Solving the 100Gbps Challenge with ABAX2

What do you do when plain-old FPGAs leave too much on the table to handle your next bandwidth challenge efficiently? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christian Plante (Tabula) about Tabula's new ABAX2 devices - based on their innovative Spacetime architecture. ABAX2 is fabricated on the latest Intel 22nm Tri-Gate technology, and can give you an enormous advantage in your next 100G design.

Maximizing Battery Life with TI's Wolverine Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ryan Hoium (Texas Instruments) about about TI’s revolutionary Wolverine technology and a new series of ultra-low power MCUs that will change the way we think about batteries in our embedded designs.

Industrial Temperature Measurement Solutions

Many industrial designs need data from sensors such as temperature probes. But, getting from the analog world of probe signals to the digital world where the magic happens can be a tedious and tricky process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated about an easy way to connect up sensors such as temperature probes in your next industrial design.

latest papers and content

Leading Up to PCI Express 4.0

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Rubin discusses the history of the PCI Express standard. Moshik starts with PCIe Gen1, which originated in 2002, and walks through the doubling of throughput offered by each new generation, ending with PCIe Gen4.

Selecting an Operating System (OS) for Embedded Application

It seems these days, just about every embedded system has some type of operating system. And there are more options today as to which OS to choose. Is open source your best choice? What about a free RTOS? In this paper, learn the pros and cons of the many OS options available today and how to select the right OS for your next embedded project.

Navigating the FDA Approval Process for Your Software Based Medical Device

Understand how to get your product to market within product launch schedules. Review challenges companies face as they seek FDA approval and review guidance and resources to assist with successfully navigating the approval process. Learn about a number of important areas including premarket submissions, documentation, verification and validation (V&V), user experience and human factors design, and cybersecurity.  Presented by Steve Robertson with Mentor Graphics Embedded Software.  

Internet of Things (IoT) Design Considerations for Embedded Connected Devices

Embedded connectivity has been around since the early days of M2M. But what is new are the many complexities and emerging standards embedded system developers need to know if they are to design the latest IoT device. This paper delves into many of the key considerations developers need to know and discusses the critical areas of IoT security and connectivity along with the importance of a proven RTOS.

Developing Medical Device Software Confirming with IEC 62304 Standard

The IEC 62304 standard for medical device software complies with requirements in the European Union and the United States. Learn about this standard, how to manage risks and establish best practices in the software life cycle to support certification and audit to meet the requirements for IEC 62305.  Explore topics that include using software of unknown provenance (SOUP), mitigating risk throughout the life cycle, managing requirements, code quality standards and configuration management.

Static Timing Analysis and Constraint Validation

Before you can even think about timing closure in your FPGA design, you have to set up timing constraints. But, being sure that you have the right constraints can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ron Plyler of Xilinx about some powerful new ways to set up and validate timing constraints on your way to timing closure with Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek Ultra 4K Tool Box

David Ackroyd, Business Development Director for OmniTek demonstrates an an Ultra 4K Tool Box that includes conversions from 4K to/from SD including quad 3G-SDI.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek OZ 745

Michael Hodson, President of OmniTek, demonstrates their Scalable Video Pipeline and the Real-time Video Engine OZ 745 development platform which is based on the Zynq® 7045 AP SoC.

Getting PCB Designs to Market Quickly with OrCAD PCB Design Tools at FTD Automation

FTD Automation is a Cadence® channel partner in India. In this video, Mahendra, a sr. applications engineer at FTD Automation, talks about the time-to-market and scalability benefits of Cadence OrCAD® PCB design tools. These tools, says, Mahendra, help design engineers address challenges including design complexity and cost, with capabilities including fully integrated schematic entry, signal integrity analysis, and place-and-route methodology.

How Nvidia Is Speeding Up Timing Closure of Advanced-Node Application Processors

Designed for applications including tablets, smartphones, gaming cards, and supercomputers, Nvidia's high-performance, advanced-node application processors have stringent power and performance requirements and complex clocking schemes. In this video, Santosh Navale, a physical design engineer at Nvidia, talks about how Cadence® Encounter® Digital Implementation System CCOpt technology has improved concurrent datapath and clock optimization, the timing closure process, and overall chip performance. With CCOpt technology, Nvidia has been able to meet its tough design goals.

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SoC FPGA Product Overview Advance Information Brief

Altera's 28-nm Cyclone® V and Arria® V SoC FPGAs feature a hard processor system (HPS) containing a microprocessor unit (MPU) with a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processor, a rich set of peripherals, a multi-port memory controller, and FPGA fabric. The tight integration between the HPS and FPGA fabric supports over 100-Gbps peak bandwidth with integrated data coherency between the processors and the FPGA. The included set of hardened embedded peripherals eliminates the need to implement these functions in programmable logic, leaving more FPGA resources for application-specific custom logic. This combination delivers the flexibility of programmable logic with the power and cost savings of hard IP.

Providing Battery-Free, FPGA-Based RAID Cache Solutions

RAID adapter cards are critical data-center subsystem components that ensure data storage and recovery during power outages. Battery-backed designs have hazardous waste disposal, shelf life, and maintenance issues, but recent advances in FPGA and flash-memory technologies support lower power memory backup designs that are powered by ultra capacitors. This paper provides an overview of the supporting component technologies that support such environmentally-friendly data recovery solutions.

Kintex UltraScale 16.3G Backplane Demo

Xilinx showcases the industry’s first demonstration of a Kintex® UltraScale™ device with 16.3 Gbps backplane performance capability.

Driving Flexibility into Automotive Electronics Design

With the dramatic increase in development costs for state-of-the-art process technologies, such as next-generation automotive electronic systems, specialization of traditional microcontrollers no longer makes business sense. Now you can develop an exact microcontroller for a specific application by implementing it into an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA for prototyping and volume production. Verification, software development, and field testing can be done immediately after design or even in parallel.

Design Made Easy With the SmartFusion Customizable System-on-Chip and State of the Art Software Tools

Since the early years of embedded processor design and FPGA design, silicon advancement and design techniques for each have evolved independently. In the real world there are many FPGA designs without embedded processors and many embedded systems that neither have nor need an FPGA. This leads to two very distinct design flows, styles, and engineering disciplines. The relatively recent addition of SmartFusion® customizable system-on-chip (cSoC) devices adds the complexity of analog into the mix.

Accelerate Your Video Format Conversion Using 1080p Framework

In today’s digital studio, video format conversion is challenging and time-consuming, yet necessary. Learn about an easy method for up-conversion, down-conversion, and cross-conversion of SD and HD video streams. Watch this 8-minute video to: See how a 1080p format conversion reference design provides a flexible, customizable template for fast conversion, right out of the box. See broadcast-quality motion adaptive deinterlacing and multi-tap polyphase scaling running on Altera's Audio Video Development Kit. Find out how to get a jump start developing broadcast systems ranging from switchers to multi-view displays.

Five Ways to Build Flexibility into Industrial Applications with FPGAs

As industrial system complexity increases, FPGAs offer the ability to integrate an entire system on a chip (SoC), at a lower cost compared to discrete MCU, DSP, ASSP, or ASIC solutions. This document describes using an Altera industrial-grade FPGA as a coprocessor or SoC to bring flexibility to industrial applications. Providing a single, highly integrated platform for multiple industrial products, Altera FPGAs can substantially reduce development time and risk.

4 Reasons Why FPGAs are Right for Motor Control

Did you know that you can build a flexible and scalable motor control system in a single FPGA? Watch this 6-minute video to: Learn about the 4 reasons why FPGAs are right for motor control? How implementing a simple feedback mechanism can synchronize two motors, Leverage versatile design tools such as our Qsys integration tool for a scalable motor control solution, See two demonstrations of the BeMicro SDK-based Motor Control Kit (BeInMotion).

4K Format Conversion Reference Design

4K resolution is the next major enhancement in video because of the benefits in picture clarity and realism. Many leading projector, broadcast, and camera manufacturers are shipping 4K enabled systems. Altera enables this next generation format conversion by reducing the system device count, which lowers the overall costs, reduces the cost of development, and simplifies board design. Previous systems required as many as nine off-the-shelf devices to perform 4K format conversion—four 1080p format conversion devices and five devices for serial digital interface (SDI) input and output.

Introducing Stratix V FPGAs: Built for Bandwidth

While supporting increasingly demanding bandwidth requirements, your products also need to meet stringent cost and power budgets. Altera's new 28-nm Stratix® V FPGAs and HardCopy® V ASICs deliver groundbreaking innovations addressing the challenges of next-generation designs.

Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how you can get started designing with them.

Designing with Vivado IP Integrator

Learn how Vivado® IP Integrator can be used to rapidly connect a Zynq® processor to the programmable fabric. Using built in board aware design rule checks and designer automation, Vivado can greatly improve user productivity.

Advanced Timing Exception Multicycle Path Constraints

Learn Xilinx recommendations for constraining multicycle path constraints. Understand and apply multicycle path exception constraints in your design.

Next-Generation Packaging for CRM Applications

With smaller electronics, more options can be fit into the package, allowing for features such as RF transceivers for wireless communication, advanced sensors to optimally time pacing and defibrillation shocks and backup systems in case the main system fails. While integrated circuits (ICs) have taken advantage of advances in dense packaging, such as die stacking, in most cases the discrete components remain unchanged. Market pressures are now forcing improvements in the current discrete packaging.

Verify Design Performance with PADS Best-in-Class Simulation and Analysis

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 may make you re-think your board design strategy.

Low-Cost Implementation of High-Performance PCIe Gen2 Hard IP

PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen2 performance is no longer a “high-end” (read expensive) standard to support. With the certification of the Altera® Cyclone® V FPGA family, PCIe Gen2x4, design engineers now have a low cost alternative for their PCIe Gen2 applications.

Drive the Automotive Market with a Distinct Advantage: Xilinx Automotive Spartan-6 FPGAs

Just about 10 years ago, you could count on one hand the number of electronic systems in an automobile. Today, it is difficult to find a single system in a car that isn't electronic or at least electromechanical, as car manufacturers look beyond engine block size and body design to electronics to differentiate their offerings. Xilinx(r) Automotive (XA) Spartan(r) FPGAs are playing an increasingly important role in this auto electronics revolution.

Addressing the "Power-Aware" Challenges of Memory Interface Designs

One of the toughest challenges in designing memory interfaces is accurately measuring timing while also considering fluctuations in power and ground rails due to simultaneously switching signals. Signal integrity (SI) engineers are increasingly insisting on “power-aware” SI analysis, where the effects of signal and non-ideal power/ground are considered when analyzing high-speed memory interfaces. This paper assesses how modern tools can be used to address power-aware SI challenges associated with I/O modeling, interconnect modeling, simulation, and analysis.


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