FPGA Design: Connecting Custom Peripherals to AXI Using BRAM Interface


In FPGA design, interfacing over AXI (ARM eXtensible Interface) is an increasingly popular choice due to its status as the most widespread AMBA interface, enabling the connection of potentially hundreds of Masters and Slaves in complex SoCs. Download the new eBook: FPGA Design - Interfacing Over AXI Using A Simple Address Data Bus However, it does add in an additional layer to managing IP. Time has to be spent supervising and generating IP outputs before they can be incorporated into the mainline project, and simulating the design can be a challenge in itself! One option that significantly reduces the overhead is to choose BRAM, which helps interface to AXI without the need to handle the AXI bus directly and removes concerns about potential issues that are not related [...]

FPGA Design: Connecting Custom Peripherals to AXI Using BRAM Interface2018-10-09T12:48:31+00:00

Design trade-offs in M2M product design and development


Long before the phrases M2M product design and the Internet of Things came to wider attention, we were already making machines talk to each other, says Dunstan Power of ByteSnap Design. Early adopters like General Motors and Hughes Electronics Corporation could see the benefits that machine-to-machine communications (M2M) offered forward-thinking businesses as far back as 1995 but when M2M via cellular communication took off in 1996, M2M wireless technology became far more popular. Combined with embedded electronics, machine-to-machine communications offer consumers a wide range of sophisticated everyday devices. Businesses of all sorts are approaching us to capitalise on M2M opportunities. Whether they want to deliver a product to control home heating or monitor health, there are so many different hardware and software considerations. The innovative business with M2M ideas doesn’t necessarily know exactly what [...]

Design trade-offs in M2M product design and development2018-10-09T09:36:53+00:00

Our Embedded Hardware Design makes BBC News Top Story


ByteSnap's Embedded Hardware Design shown on BBC National News ByteSnap Design was featured right at the beginning of the lead news report on the 10 O'Clock news programme last night.  The story, by Robert Peston, was about the latest UK job figures.  ByteSnap was featured as a company toughing out the gnarly economic climate and continuing to grow. Picture Courtesy BBC News Click on the picture below to see us in the BBC report...there're some cool close ups of our engineers working on embedded hardware design.  It's about 55 seconds into the recording: Graeme said it was surreal to hear his voice coming out of his flatscreen TV! (And his radio...ByteSnap's economic buoyancy also featured on last night's Six O'Clock News on BBC Radio 4.) Here at ByteSnap we're always [...]

Our Embedded Hardware Design makes BBC News Top Story2018-10-09T10:04:57+00:00

Saving time and money on testing embedded hardware


Putting design and production tests in their place Recent high-profile product recalls and failures have shown that even the most experienced and well-funded company can suffer from the limitations of product testing when testing embedded hardware. A product goes through two fundamental types of test. The first is of the design itself and the second is production testing of a product. These two categories have different aims and this article sets out to explore the differences. Increasing pressure on timescales and the relentless pace of new technology introductions can pressurise companies to reduce design testing to a minimum. Conversely, production testing can be over-engineered to no great effect, resulting in increased production costs and a false sense of security, with testing of a design carried out in production, rather [...]

Saving time and money on testing embedded hardware2016-05-09T05:55:14+00:00