March - 2015
- DDS: the Right Middleware for the Industrial Internet of Things?
By connecting people to vast stores of information, the Internet and smartphones made a profound impact on the world. There are about 1 billion nodes on the Internet, including laptops,
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- USB 3.1: Evolution and Revolution
USB-IF Worldwide Developers Days introduced developers to the new USB 3.1 specification. This white paper digs deep into 10G USB 3.1 to clarify the evolutionary and revolutionary changes in the specification.
September - 2014
- Determining an Effective Analog Sampling Rate
Q: How often should my equipment make measurements? A: 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 that follow use temperature measurements because people measure temperature more than any other physical characteristic.
- 7 Key Considerations For Effective Chip-Package Thermal Co-Design
Chip-package co-design is important for several reasons. Designing a large high power die, e.g. a System-on-Chip (SoC) without considering how to get the heat out is likely to lead
- 7 Essential Cabinet Design Considerations for Protecting 19" Electronics
This white paper, written by Vlad Konopelko, Product Marketing Manager, North America, for Pentairâs Schroff brand, introduces seven essential mechanical structure and protection standards and design considerations for specifying a reliable 19â electronics cabinet solution for non-IT applications
August - 2014
- Frameworks optimize analysis and visualization of medical imaging
Each advancement in medical imaging enables significant improvements in the quality and efficiency of diagnostics and therapy. The challenge: Each advancement requires significant computing performance gains to allow medical image data to be measured and analyzed. And once this massive amount of digital data has been created, it needs to be visualized too â including even stereoscopic 3D in real-time.
- Next generation retail and digital signage solutions
Comprehensive display and computer-on-module system solutions In the highly competitive retail industry, innovative technologies can help improve the coordination of the supply
- How-To Guide: Building a Rugged COM Express System
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July - 2014
- Ultra Low-Power 9D Sensor Fusion Implementation: A Case Study
Today, the ability to track the orientation or position of a device is a common feature in many portable and wearable products. Computing the orientation is a non-trivial task that
June - 2014
- 12 Key Considerations in Enclosure Thermal Design… A High-Level ‘How To’ Guide
A natural focus when designing electronics products are, well the electronics. The electronics itself however, needs to work within some kind of enclosure, and must be designed with the enclosure in mind. Cooling is a system issue, which is why we advocate a top-down approach, starting at the enclosure level.
- 10 Tips for Streamlining PCB Thermal Design… A High-Level ‘How To’ Guide
Many aspects of a PCBâs performance are determined during detailed design. Thermal issues with the PCB design are largely âlocked inâ during the component (i.e. chip package)
- 10 Tips for Predicting Component Temperatures… A High-Level ‘How To’ Guide
Recently, physics-based reliability prediction has related electronic assembly failure rates to the rate and magnitude of temperature change over an operational cycle, both of which are influenced by steady-state operating temperature. Whether the intention is to increase reliability, or improve performance, accurate prediction of component temperatures helps meet design goals.