June - 2015
- Selecting a Bus Analyzer 101
As avionics buses on military and commercial aircraft become more varied and complex, a bus analyzer has become an important tool for use during integration, validation, deployment,
- RAR-XMC Capabilities Overview
In dynamic development and production test environments where multiple flight computers are supported, patch panels have been the typical implementation for migrating between different
May - 2015
- Classification of Objects from Video Streams
Imagine a world in which brilliant machines âunderstandâ whatâs around them â and communicate that understanding to other brilliant machines, making each of them collectively smarter. Todayâs technology innovations are driving the object classification algorithms of tomorrowâs brilliant machines. This paper illustrates how the edge nodes of the network can interact with a variety of real world sensors then apply the âcollective learningâ, such that the experience of an individual machine contributes to the learning of the whole.
- PCI Express 4.0 Controller Design and Integration Challenges
Designers need to start planning for PCI Express 4.0 integration now, because decisions for the PCIe 4.0 controller can have far-reaching consequences for the entire SoC. This paper
- Real-Time Trace: A Better Way to Debug Embedded Applications
Problems in the late phases of firmware and software development can be difficult to identify and debug, putting project schedules at risk. Learn how real-time trace hardware assistance
- Virtualizing Cloud Computing With Optimized IP for NFV SoCs
Growing internet traffic impacts how cloud and carrier data center operators design compute and data networking architectures. To meet demands for scale-out servers and networks, designers
April - 2015
- Ethernet in the Connected World
Read about the latest networking trends across some of the key market sectors including automotive, the connected home and data centers, and explains how Ethernet is relevant to each.
- Addressing IP Integration & Software Development Challenges to Accelerate SoC Time-to-Market
This white paper explores the issues facing SoC designers as they address SoC complexity and time-to-market challenges. High-quality IP alone is not enough with todayâs SoC complexity.
- USB 3.1: Evolution and Revolution
This white paper digs into 10G USB 3.1 to clarify the evolutionary and revolutionary changes in the specification. USB 3.1 introduces a 10 Gbps signaling rate in addition to other features.
- A Method to Quickly Assess the Analog Front-End Performance in communication SoCs
Read about a method to determine if the electrical characteristics of any given AFE are adequate for the targeted application. Also, learn about a tool to explore tradeoffs between
- Parasoft Embedded Testing Starter Kit
Static code analysis, runtime memory monitoring, unit testing, and flow analysis are all valuable techniques for finding bugs in embedded C-based software. On its own, each technique can help you find specific types of errors. Applying just one technique or applying the techniques in isolation, however, may allow bugs to slip through the cracks. The safest, most effective strategy is to apply all of these complementary techniques as part of a complete process. This establishes a bulletproof framework that helps you detect bugs that can evade specific techniques, while preventing future defects in your application. By applying a defect prevention strategy based on several quality activities, you create an environment for eliminating critical and difficult-to-detect functional problems.
March - 2015
- DDS: the Right Middleware for the Industrial Internet of Things?
Introducing a networking protocol DDS. Serving as the connectivity platform for real-world Industrial Internet of Things applications in medicine, transportation, energy, SCADA and
- On-chip Networks Optimize Shared Memory for Multicore SoCs
Performance of multicore SoCs is often dominated by external DRAM access, particularly in digital consumer devices running high quality video and graphics applications. Increasing core counts and newer DRAMs make the problems much more difficult. This article covers optimization of the on-chip network and memory system to achieve the required system throughput.
- High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation
The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.
- Efficient Noise Analysis for Complex Non-Periodic Analog/RF Blocks
This paper describes how AFS Transient Noise analysis enables circuit designers to efficiently perform SPICE-accurate device noise analysis on complex non-periodic analog/RF blocks. This capability enables designers to measure and optimize device noise analysis on complex blocks such as ADCs, frac-N PLLs, and int-N PLLs which would not otherwise have been possible without silicon iterations.
- A Methodology for High-Speed Nanometer Transceiver Verification, Validation, and Characterization
This paper describes a new circuit validation and characterization flow that enables users to easily set up, run, record pass/fail, and analyze very complex tests. The validation and characterization flow was standardized across the design team, leveraging knowledge and computing resources and significantly improving design productivity.
February - 2015
- White Paper: Overcome the Challenges of Crafting a Customized Computer
Mixing Standards for Solutions in COM Express Whether they're powering a map-sensor payload for a Global Hawk UAV or a man-pack radio system for a soldier on the move, custom computer solutions have to be small and lightweight. Oh, and while you're at it, make them ruggedized, constant in temperature, power efficient, and inexpensive.
January - 2015
- Transforming the Military Embedded Computing Landscape
This white paper describes the key market drivers, technologies and building blocks that the military is increasingly embracing from the commercial world that provide a clear path to increased operational capabilities within the size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints that are a feature of todayâs most demanding programs.
- Migrating Consumer Electronics to the Automotive World
Tough reliability standards for electronic automotive safety systems ensure that integrated circuits (ICs) comply with demanding performance and reliability requirements. These same IC reliability verifications tools can be used to validate circuit operation for "infotainment" and "connected car" applications, and ensure that customer reliability expectations are satisfied. Download your free report to learn how to: * Leverage existing IP for use in high-reliability applications * Provide automation for manual IC verification steps in your design flow * Improve existing coverage of IC reliability verification
- Virtual Video Transcoding in the Cloud
The increasing density and high-quality processing demands from video applications is pushing broadcast and communications networks to the limit. Adding more equipment to handle these video streams is not economically viable. Whatâs more, operators, service providers and content providers see the benefits of using standard servers in the cloud, and want to move away from special appliances or dedicated hardware. But standard servers currently are not optimized for video transcoding in the cloud.
- Using FPGAs to Improve Embedded Designs
The heart of the FPGA concept is programmability. This capability provides a virtually limitless choice of possibilities to designers for implementing circuits that would otherwise require many discrete components. The result is a more capable and adaptable design, reduced PCB size, and reduced cost.
- Computer System Design for Critical Applications
"Industrial computer" is a widely used term that unfortunately can be quite ambiguous, often applied to computers that may outwardly appear "rugged", but have little real advantage over commercial PCs. However, there are many applications that need a computer system that is truly built to a higher standard.
- Differential Nonlinearity in Analog Measurements
In most applications, linearity in analog measurements is more important than absolute precision. Ideally, in an A/D converter the digital value ramps smoothly as the input increases across its entire range. The deviation from ideal operation is a function of each ADCâs particular architecture and is expressed as differential nonlinearity (DNL). Find out how DNL is determined and the effect it has on making accurate measurements in this white paper.
- Determining an Effective Analog Sampling Rate
How often should your equipment make measurements? This question often arises when people draft plans to automatically measure a physical quantity such as temperature, pressure, acidity, liquid level, and so on. You can approach this problem in several ways, from an educated guess to a mathematical analysis of your system. The examples in this white paper use temperature measurements because people measure temperature more than any other physical characteristic.
- Analog Signal Conditioning for Accurate Measurements
Do you need some sort of circuit between your sensor and an analog-to-digital converter? Before you make any connections, get the electrical specifications for the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and for the sensor or sensors in your system. The explanation in this white paper will help you understand what you need and why you need it.
- Windows CE Development for RISC Computers Made Easy
Windows CE can be an attractive alternative to the full Windows operating system offering system designers the ability to control power, size, and cost in a new product. The runtime license cost of the CE operating system alone can save as much as $150 over the license cost for standard Windows. Additionally, the componentized nature of CE is recognized as more stable and reliable than the Windows for desktop machines.
December - 2014
- RF-SOI Wafers for Wireless Applications
The increasing demand for wireless data bandwidth and the emergence of LTE and LTE Advanced standards pushes radio-frequency (RF) IC designers to develop devices with higher levels
- Implementing Flexible USB Type-C Control Using FPGA Technology
- Understanding Automotive Reliability and ISO 26262 for Safety Critical Systems
Automotive electronics play a critical role in today's automotive safety systems. While standards like ISO 26262 provide a framework for robust and reliable design and verification
November - 2014
- Analog Signal Conditioning for Accurate Measurements
Q: Should I put some sort of circuit between my sensor and an analog-to-digital converter?
A: Yes. You probably need some signal conditioning. The explanation below goes on for a bit, but stay with it and you'll understand what you need and why you need it.