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How to Automatically Replace LEF Abstracts with GDS IP

Physical Verification or other downstream analysis flow of P&R design data which only includes routing layers can miss issues caused by the current device level IP which is only represented by LEF abstracts. However, replacing the LEF IP abstracts with the current GDS version provided by layout teams can easily be merged with the DEF routing information and output to disk or in memory during Calibre Physical verification. This video steps through an example showing how to run this Calibre utility to merge the GDS data with DEF.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

The most important factor in getting great performance from your FPGA design is optimization in synthesis and place and route. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Owens of Synopsys about the latest techniques for getting the most performance out of your design tools, and therefore out of your FPGA design.

Graphics Rendering and Video Processing with Altera SoC and Helio View Dev Kit

For performance-critical applications like graphics and video rendering, the partitioning between software and hardware can be a pivotal decision. Today, exciting new devices allow us to make and evaluate those tradeoffs more easily than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Troy Jones (Macnica Americas) and Todd Koelling (Altera) about creating video and graphics applications using the Helio View development board with Altera SoC FPGAs.

Vivado Design Suite: Integrated Design Environment

Software engineers have long depended on integrated design environments (IDEs) to help manage complex design processes. Now, hardware engineers can take advantage of the same complexity-taming level of integration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton explores the IDE in Vivado Design Suite with Brian Lay of Xilinx.

Speed IP Bring-up and SoC Validation with HAPS-DX

Neil Songcuan, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, introduces the newest member of the HAPS family, HAPS Developer Express (HAPS-DX) and its features to speed IP bring-up and SoC validation

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

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 routing techniques.

Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

Building a robust prototype involves a lot more than just throwing a bunch of big FPGAs on a board or in a box. In fact, success of a prototype is a lot more about the system surrounding the boards - the tools, design flow, and IP that make the whole thing come up easily and work smoothly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the new Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform from Cadence, and how it can simplify your prototyping process.

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.

Integrating Electronic Design Analysis Upstream, Downstream, and Sideways

PCB Design demands a great deal more care these days. Signal and power integrity are just some of the realities that board designers must contend with these days. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems about the integration of these important analysis capabilities into the PCB design process.

Vivado In-System Debug

Today's complex FPGA designs can be challenging to debug. If you're debugging in hardware, you need both visibility and control of what's going on inside your chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ron Plyler of Xilinx about doing hardware debug in Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

Cadence Low Power Solution - RTL to GDSII Low Power Design

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 Hardee of Cadence about a holistic approach to low-power design.

Advanced System Management with Analog Non-volatile FPGAs

A system management device is critical to the successful power up, configuration, maintenance and power down of the system. As system complexity increases, the requirements of these devices are growing and features such as instant-on, analog capability, and flexibility are crucial. Read how a robust system management design incorporates a wide variety of tasks in both the analog and digital domain including power rail management, environmental condition management, and analytics for diagnostics and prognostics.

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.

PADS VX: Redefining Productivity

When it comes to PCB Design, the giant companies don't get ALL the cool toys. Desktop design tools are now getting impressive capabilities that rival their enterprise-scale big brothers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about the new PADS VX and the impressive capabilities it brings to desktop electronic design.

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.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

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.

Wireless Base Station ZUC Block Cipher Implementation on Zynq SoCs

The Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC provides a flexible platform that offers programmability for evolving technologies like LTE and new standards including, but not limited to, the ZUC algorithm. This white paper illustrates the advantages of the Zynq SoC-based design methodology using the Vivado® Design Suite, which facilitates an optimal hardware/software partitioning of the system functionality for better performance.

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.

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!

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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.

Accelerating Open Source Security Using OpenCL & Altera FPGAs

Today's FPGAs offer interesting potential for accelerating performance- and power-critical operations such as security algorithms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ryan Kenny of Altera about using FPGAs to accelerate open source security algorithms written in OpenCL.

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.

Hardware/Software Co-Verification of ARM Processor-Based Designs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti of EvE about the latest in emulation technology and explains how you can use emulation to dramatically accelerate software development, which is becoming the most time-consuming part of SoC design.

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.

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.

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.

Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA

In this Chalk TalkHD Amelia talks to David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel Atom™ processor with an Altera Arria FPGA built right into the package.

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Configurable 10/40G Ethernet Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arthur Marris discusses configurable options for Cadence 10/40G Ethernet MAC, integrated PCS, and SerDes IP.

Flexible Design Reuse and Replication for PCB Editor

As PCB Designs become more complex and project timelines more compressed, it is important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. See a quick introduction to CircuitSpace and learn how this productivity tool can help you reduces PCB layout time by up to 50%.

Automated Impedance and Coupling Checks

Cadence Sigrity Technologies provide the signal integrity and power analysis solutions needed for system-level verification and interface compliance so you can sign off in confidence. In this video you will learn how Sigrity makes it easy to quickly run Impedance and coupling checks on your design to identify areas of concern. In this example OrCAD PCB Editor was used as his tool of choice but the options are not limited to that. No models needed!

How to Automatically Replace LEF Abstracts with GDS IP

Physical Verification or other downstream analysis flow of P&R design data which only includes routing layers can miss issues caused by the current device level IP which is only represented by LEF abstracts. However, replacing the LEF IP abstracts with the current GDS version provided by layout teams can easily be merged with the DEF routing information and output to disk or in memory during Calibre Physical verification. This video steps through an example showing how to run this Calibre utility to merge the GDS data with DEF.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

Multi-Board Electrical and Thermal Co-Simulation Using PowerDC

Cadence Sigrity PowerDC allows the users to predict the correct DC voltage drop based on the operating temperature of that region of the electronic product's printed circuit board. This demo will show you how to use PowerDC to do multi-board electrical and thermal co-simulation.

TimingDesigner: Complex Diagrams

This video showcases TimingDesigner capabilities, especially for building complex diagrams. It will cover derived clocks, derived signals, and differentially ended signals which will include state decodes, measure events, guarantees and skews. Lastly it will cover complex diagram capabilities in the parameter spreadsheet.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

How to easily setup Calibre in Virtuoso for multiple cell windows

This video shows how to setup Calibre Interactive to quickly select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso. Previously there was not a convenient way to setup Calibre Interactive when you wanted to run Calibre in different cells that are simultaneously open in the same Cadence session but now the Layout Cell Browser capability in Calibre Interactive provides an easy and convenient way to select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso.

How to Debug Double Patterning results using Calibre RealTime

This video shows how to easily debug Double Patterning results in Calibre RealTime by using the CTO file to assign different highlight colors to the warning and conflict ring results and to the mask1 and mask2 output layers.

Choosing the Right NAND Flash Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Lou Ternullo walks you through the steps to select the right NAND Flash solution and ensure it meets the requirements of your design.

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Parameterizable Content-Addressable Memory

This application note describes a parameterizable content-addressable memory (CAM), and is accompanied by a reference design that replaces the CAM core previously delivered through the CORE Generator™ software. The CAM reference design should be used for all new FPGA designs targeting Virtex®-6, Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Spartan®-6, Spartan-3, Spartan-3E, Spartan-3A, Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs, and newer architectures. All the features and interfaces included in the reference design are backward compatible with the LogiCORE™ IP CAM v6.1 core. In addition, because the reference design is provided in plain-text VHDL format, the implementation of the function is fully visible, allowing for easy debug and modification of the code.

Are You Losing (Out On) Your Memory: Why Memory and Storage Have Reached Their Flashpoint

Mobile devices are the computers of this generation—yes Mr. Steve Jobs, we accept that we’re in the post-PC era! These devices, and the enterprise infrastructure that supports them, are all about content and access to that content. Efficiently managing data in and out of enterprise and consumer systems—the data centers, cloud applications, smart phones, and tablets—is a challenge and an opportunity. Memory and storage access to manage data affect the architecture, cost, and success of today’s systems.

Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs Deliver Proven Productivity

Xilinx offers a robust and extensive infrastructure that enables Zynq®-7000 SoC users to be more productive and get their designs to market quickly. The Vivado®-HLS or high level synthesis tool allows designers to make architectural tradeoffs rapidly and develop highly optimized systems in the Zynq-7000 device. The Zynq-7000 platform also includes support for today’s most popular software design environments and Xilinx offers a proven portfolio of IP, design kits and reference designs.

Expect a Breakthrough Advantage in Next-Generation FPGAs

A product strategy that uses a tailored approach drawing upon using different process technologies, architectures, and integration options targeted to different applications will give hardware architects the best possible choices and solutions. This white paper covers examples of why telecommunication bandwidth and the infrastructure behind it is driving FPGA capabilities, business challenges of ASICs and ASSPs, and how a tailored approach for programmable logic devices (PLDs) provide a leap in FPGA capabilities. This paper also outlines Altera’s generation 10 portfolio of next-generation FPGAs and SoCs that seeks to provide a breakthrough in capabilities and advantages across a variety of different applications.

Optimizing and Maintaining a High-Performing Design Environment

To maximize your investment in EDA tools, your infrastructure and processes must be optimized for growing and frequently changing design needs. Cadence Client Technology Solutions is dedicated to enhancing EDA tool performance, ensuring stability, and removing critical bottlenecks. Through close collaboration with hundreds of customers worldwide, we have unique insight into environmental conditions and how best to maintain a high-performing design environment.

The Great Divide: Why Next-Generation FPGA Designs will be Hierarchical and Team-Based

This paper first considers the evolution of FPGAs and FPGA design. Next, the concepts of top-down and divide-and-conquer design flows are introduced. Also discussed are considerations and capabilities required to support true hierarchical team-based design along with content management and design reuse considerations.

EWIS Requirements: The Business Challenge

Without proper planning and the evolution of their business to efficiently deal with the EWIS mandates, companies could find themselves in a very costly situation. This paper investigates the issues surrounding EWIS compliance and methods to minimize both cost and potential program delays.

Spartan-6 FPGA Connectivity Targeted Reference Design Performance

This white paper summarizes performance as measured on the Spartan-6 FPGA Connectivity targeted reference design available with the Spartan-6 FPGA Connectivity Kit. The results clearly demonstrate that: Throughput scales with variation in packet size, ,PCI Express performance improves with higher maximum payload size, CPU utilization improves with checksum offloading, An inverse relationship exists between packet size and CPU utilization.

Design Control, Data and Comparison with PADS Archive Management

Do you spend too much time archiving your designs, and later searching through archives for just that one project? Are your engineering reviews disorganized? Does your archive management flow store all the project files that you use? Files like libraries, reports, CAM data, etc.., not just design data? Are you able to quickly search archives, and compare and cross-probe between the schematic and layout files, or redline and append mark-up notes?

Proper archives are essential to back up and manage design data. A design-driven storage methodology promotes effective data backups, increasing productivity by efficiently creating, indexing, and restoring archives within a vault.

Reducing Total System Cost with Low-Power 28nm FPGAs

Altera® Cyclone® V FPGAs help designers reduce total system cost in a number of ways. Designers benefit not only from TSMC’s 28-nm Low Power (28LP) manufacturing process, but also from the architectural decisions that have gone into the Cyclone V device family and the array of powerful productivity-enhancing tools featured in Altera’s design tool ecosystem. With Cyclone V FPGAs, customers not only enjoy the lowest cost of ownership in the industry, but the widest array of low-cost parts available—from 25K logic elements (LE) to 301K LEs—and the only 28-nm solution under 100K LEs.

Broadcom Uses Palladium XP to Validate New Architecture of Mobile SoC

Vahid Ordoubadian, Director - Mobile Platform Group at Broadcom, describes the use of Cadence(r) Palladium(r) XP to validate a new architecture for a complex mobile SoC for mobile platform devices.

Make Music and More with Low-Cost, Low-Power CPLD Dev Kit

Are you ready to play a few notes? With our MAX® V CPLD Development Kit, you can play some musical notes as you evaluate the board's ability to drive analog chips. The kit also gives you a platform to assess the MAX V CPLD and prototype CPLD applications. You'll find that if value is a key consideration for selecting CPLDs, the MAX V device, with its low power, low cost, and robust features, is the right choice.

Six Ways to Replace a Microcontroller With a CPLD

With the advent of low-power CPLDs, low-power electronic product designers now have new options for implementing many of the functions traditionally performed by microcontrollers. This white paper discusses when it is advantageous to use a CPLD instead of a microcontroller, and when it makes sense to use a CPLD as a companion to a microcontroller, with examples grouped into three categories—I/O management, port management, and system management—based on their function and level of complexity.

Allegro 16.5 Powers up Allegro PCB PDN Analysis

This is a Cadence blog post about the launch of the Allegro PDN Analysis and what it will mean for PCB designers.

GEN2 Serial RapidIO and Low Cost, Low Power FPGAs

System designers will continue to be under pressure to produce higher performance systems yet maintain lower build and operational costs. DSP and Network Processing Unit (NPU) devices, coupled with low cost, low power FPGAs like the Lattice ECP3 that support Gen2 Serial RapidIO (SRIO), can provide an ideal platform for meeting these challenges.

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.

Using TimingDesigner with the Altera FPGA Design Flow

As technology advances, so does the complexity of problems it exposes. Nowhere is this more evident than in high-speed interface design. Timing issues previously deemed insignificant are now impacting design schedules and can no longer be dealt with after the fact. TimingDesigner from EMA Design Automation is the solution for just that. This application note will discuss the integration between TimingDesigner and Altera Quartus II enabling the exchange of critical timing data to ensure system timing closure.

Debugging Machine Check Exceptions on Embedded IA Platforms

Embedded systems must be able to detect, recover from and report errors. This is a critical feature during debugging and also for quality control after product manufacturing has commenced. Advanced error handling is especially important for embedded systems. This white paper presents a step-by-step approach to debugging machine check exceptions and understanding their causes are resolving errors in embedded Intel® architecture platforms.


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