Peter Alfke, Xilinx,

EE385b talk, May 3

Designing for High Performance
(30 slides)

1. Choose the best architecture ( EPLDs vs XC3000 vs XC4000 ) with four examples.

2. MSI-PAL-CPLD User Expectations vs Gate-Array user expectations

3. Design Entry, Floopplanning, Optimize schematics for speed.

4. High-performance circuit issues:
clock distribution,
Input setup and hold, metastability,
simultaneous switching outputs,
transmission line effects,
Power considertions, thermal management, designing for low power.

There will be hand-outs that combine a dozen presentations, total ca 350 slides on 180 pages.