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Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

Want to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration.

SI? Why do I Care?

Signal Integrity isn’t just for “experts” anymore. Most designs these days have high-speed interfaces that require a solid strategy for signal integrity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about simplifying signal integrity in your next system design.

Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx

Have you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx.

Introducing Kinetis Motor Suite

Do you want to design in a motor without having to become an expert in motor control? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Phillip Drake of NXP about simplifying motor control with Kinetis. It'll have your motor spinning in no time.

How to Design an Automotive Power Supply

Supplying power for today's advanced automotive applications can be a tricky task. Getting the right voltages with the right tolerances and current capacities has become a complex engineering problem. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Vik Patel from Infineon about simplifying the task of automotive power supply design.

Introducing RocketSim Engine: The Fastest Digital Simulator

Speed is one of the most important attributes of a simulator today. With the rapid growth of designs, performance of the simulator can be critical in getting a project finished on time - or at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Lidrbauch of Cadence Design Systems about RocketSim, the new standard for simulation speed.

i.MX 6SoloX – Freescale’s New Heterogeneous Multicore Applications Processor

Many applications today need both an applications processor AND a real-time MCU. But, most solutions don't offer both on the same chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amanda McGregor of Freescale about a new application processor that combines an ARM Cortex-A9 core with the efficiency and real-time capability of the Cortex-M4.

DC Brushed Motor Applications

Brushed DC motors are the go-to solution for thousands of applications. And, although most of us have experience with brushed motors at some point, few of us have taken the time to become experts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Witt from Infineon about the finer points of brushed DC motor theory, and they look at some helpful motor control solutions from Infineon.

How to Build Custom Motor Controllers for Processors, FPGAs and SoCs

Controlling motors in your design can be a complex business. Most engineers are focused on other aspects of the design, but are not experts in motor control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Cigan of MathWorks about simplifying the motor control design process. We'll have you up and spinning in no time!

Expanding the Backplane Ecosystem

Don’t you wish you’d chosen a more flexible and future-proof backplane technology? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Matthew Burns from Samtec about backplane systems that bring the performance and flexibility you need to keep your system running for a long, long time.

UltraRAM: Massive On-Chip Memory for FPGAs and MPSoCs

There is a significant gap between FPGA on-chip memories and off-chip memories that causes problems in some applications. What we need to fill that gap are much larger on-chip memory resources to fill that need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen of Xilinx about the new UltraRAM blocks in Xilinx FPGAs and Zynq MPSoCs.

Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions

High-level design methods can dramatically increase your productivity. Now that technologies like high-level synthesis (HLS) have gone mainstream, we can make some serious improvements to our FPGA design process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx about how the new HLx editions of Vivado Design suite are taking high-level design mainstream.

Connecting ZYNQ-7000 All Programmable SoCs with TE Connectivity Interconnect Products

New SoCs like the Xilinx Zynq are changing the industry - with new levels of functionality, flexibility, performance, and power efficiency. But, to take advantage of this new technology you'll need connectivity solutions that are up to the task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Bell from TE Connectivity about plugs, connectors, antennas, and other connectivity solutions for today's most demanding designs.

The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETs

Are your power MOSFETs struggling to keep up with the demands of your system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Speed of Fairchild Semiconductor about the new Fairchild 100V PowerTrench MOSFETs. With the efficient performance of these new transistors, your MOSFET worries may be over.

Simulating Systems with PSpice

Simple simulation just doesn't cut it with today's complex board designs. To manage the tradeoff between accuracy and performance, you need a variety of models with multiple levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parag Choudhary of Cadence Design Systems about simulating with PSpice.

Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology

Ever want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that's all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that you can customize yourself.

Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Designing software for heterogeneous multicore embedded systems is a daunting challenge. Each of those words "heterogeneous", "Multicore", and "embedded" represents something that can cause a major breakdown in the normal software development flow. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous multicore embedded design.

Efficient Product Creation with Allegro and Sigrity Solutions

Being a PCB Expert isn't enough anymore. With today's interconnected systems, you need to design at the product level to be competitive. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about product design with Cadence's Allegro and Sigrity tools.

Accelerating Your Analog Output Design

Eventually, most of our designs need to control something in the real world. That means we have to bust out of our safe little digital realm, and drive some analog actuators or something similar. But, building that analog output section from scratch can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about the Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit (MAXREFDES24EVSYS), a complete platform for easy evaluation that requires no lab equipment.

Synplify FPGA Synthesis

Today's FPGAs demand a lot from your design tool environment, particularly when it comes to synthesis. With larger designs, more third-party IP, globally-distributed design teams, and increasing performance and power challenges, the demands on synthesis technology are greater than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joe Mallett of Synopsys about the latest generation of the Synopsys Synplify FPGA design tools.

M8/M12 Connector System

For industrial-grade applications, consumer-style connectors just don't cut it. You'd never use RJ45 where you really care about ruggedness or reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wess of TE Connectivity about M8 and M12 high-reliability connectivity solutions that will keep your system operating smoothly under harsh conditions.

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How to "Shift Left" for Agile Hardware Design

Want to apply agile development techniques to hardware design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jack Erickson of MathWorks about “Shifting Left” and “Agile” as applied to your hardware engineering process.

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!

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.

Smartphone and Tablet Accessory Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton talks to David Flowers from Microchip about creating tablet and smartphone accessories - and how it just may be easier than you think...

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.

Expanding the Backplane Ecosystem

Don’t you wish you’d chosen a more flexible and future-proof backplane technology? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Matthew Burns from Samtec about backplane systems that bring the performance and flexibility you need to keep your system running for a long, long time.

Introduction to the New Virtuoso ADE Product Suite

Do different members of your team have different requirements and challenges for your analog design tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Lewis of Cadence Design Systems about the new capabilities in Cadence's Virtuoso ADE Product Suite - capabilities that will make everyone on your team happy.

It's an Analog World After All

It's an analog world out there. And, while most microcontrollers offer terrific features in the digital and software domain, Microchip has a new family of MCUs with Intelligent Analog capabilities that can make a huge difference in connecting your design to the real world. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Alexis Alcott of Microchip about harnessing the power of Intelligent Analog in MCU design.

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Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance Barriers

Sometimes you need your C code to run really, really fast. But for most teams, hiring hardware experts to design accelerators just isn't feasible. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Ma of Xilinx about hardware acceleration for your C applications - with no hardware design team required.

Keeping Things Quiet: A New Methodology for Dynamic Range Comparator Noise Analysis

Getting analog-to-digital design right is all about dynamic comparators. And, getting dynamic comparators right is all about noise. But noise is one of the more difficult things to analyze in your tool environment. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Art Schaldenbrand from Cadence Design Systems about noise analysis in dynamic comparators. It'll help your next design rise above all the noise out there.

ON Semiconductor Wearables Development Kit

Jump start your wearable device design with a slick wrist-worn development kit. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to AJ ElJallad of ON Semiconductor about a new development kit that will fast-track your next wearable development project.

IoT and The Power of PSpice

Today's IoT designs demand some complex mixed-mode, mixed-signal simulation to be sure that they'll work correctly across wide ranges of component variation, temperature, and other real-world conditions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Carney of Cadence Design Systems about PSpice mixed-signal simulation for IoT.

ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ -- The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards

FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC - and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make them work.

Fixed Point, Floating Point - What Are the Needs of DSP Applications?

When implementing DSP algorithms, the tradeoff between fixed- and floating-point math can have huge implications on performance and precision. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pushkar Patwardhan of Cadence Design Systems about making the critical decisions on floating-point versus fixed-point.

Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology

Ever want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that's all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that you can customize yourself.

How to Select the Right Digital Isolator

Many of our applications today require digital isolation to protect them - and their users - from real-world hazards like voltage spikes and incompatible voltages. But, selecting the right digital isolation solution for a given application can by tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Tony Partow of Maxim Integrated about how to select the right type of isolator for your application.

Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the Puzzle

The switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.

Introducing RocketSim Engine: The Fastest Digital Simulator

Speed is one of the most important attributes of a simulator today. With the rapid growth of designs, performance of the simulator can be critical in getting a project finished on time - or at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Lidrbauch of Cadence Design Systems about RocketSim, the new standard for simulation speed.

SI? Why do I Care?

Signal Integrity isn’t just for “experts” anymore. Most designs these days have high-speed interfaces that require a solid strategy for signal integrity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about simplifying signal integrity in your next system design.

Enabling Embedded Vision

Embedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.

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Architecture Matters: Three Architectural Insights for SoC FPGAs

New devices that combine the power and flexiblility of FPGAs and conventional processors on a single chip represent a breakthrough in capability. But, understanding the complex architecture of these sophisticated components requires us to look under the hood to see how the architecture fits our design requirements, and how to choose the right chip for our application. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Todd Koelling of Altera about what to look for in the architecture of your SoC FPGA.

Genus Synthesis Solution: Massively Parallel RTL Synthesis

Synthesis of large designs can be a major bottleneck, particularly with the number of iterations often required and the long synthesis runtimes of current generation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Stratman of Cadence Design Systems about the revolutionary new Genus massively-parallel synthesis technology. Genus promises to have an enormous impact on the synthesis bottleneck.

Simplifying Industrial Ethernet Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Suhel Dhanani of Altera about the who, what, and how of industrial ethernet design.

How to Design an Automotive Power Supply

Supplying power for today's advanced automotive applications can be a tricky task. Getting the right voltages with the right tolerances and current capacities has become a complex engineering problem. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Vik Patel from Infineon about simplifying the task of automotive power supply design.

Cadence Tensilica Vision P5

Intelligent vision systems represent some of today's biggest embedded design challenges. The enormous processing power required combined with small energy budgets rules out most conventional applications processors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dennis Crespo from Cadence Design Systems about the new Tensilica Vision P5 processors - designed specifically to meet the needs of embedded vision applications.

Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

To verify your next system design, you'll need a lot of use cases. But, creating, tracking, sharing, and running those use cases can be a nightmare. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Larry Melling of Cadence Design Systems about the new Cadence Perspec System Verifier and how you can take advantage of its power and flexibility in your system-level design verification.

De-Risk Yield Manufacturing Ramp-up with Veloce DFT App

Get DFT off the critical path on your next chip design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jean-Marie Brunet of Mentor Graphics about how you can use emulation to significantly improve your DFT productivity.

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.

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.

Super Low Power MCUs: NanoWatt XLP Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Jason Tollefson of Microchip Technology about a radical new line of microcontrollers from Microchip that combine amazing processing capability with almost unbelievably low power consumption.

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.

ON Semiconductor Wearables Development Kit

Jump start your wearable device design with a slick wrist-worn development kit. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to AJ ElJallad of ON Semiconductor about a new development kit that will fast-track your next wearable development project.

MathWorks Connects to Hardware

The Maker movement is exploding right now, and most of the cool projects require doing some math. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amnon Gai of The MathWorks about using the powerful capabilities of MATLAB and Simulink in anything from your next maker hobby project to full-blown industrial designs.


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