Design Considerations for Effective Power Estimation - 2020.2 English

Xilinx Power Estimator User Guide for Versal ACAP (UG1275)

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The design entry in XPE is classified into the following three categories:
Design creation
Design creation represents a complete manual entry for power estimation and it starts with proper device selection followed by thermal condition specification and more importantly configuring the platform management controller. After the design is configured, use Quick Estimate and IP Manager to create designs followed by refinement on individual block sheets.
Design migration
Design migration starts by importing the previous generation XPE design (.xpe) into Summary sheet. The import flow only retrieves the data that is relevant to the Versal™ architecture – mostly the programmable logic (PL) and Processing system (PS) configuration. Thus, it requires device selection and configuration to complete the design creation in addition to adding the required new blocks through IP Manager or through manual entry in block sheets.
Design analysis
Design analysis is specific to Versal ACAP designs created in Vivado® and imported into XPE for further analysis or post-processing.
Figure 1. XPE Design Flow in Versal Devices
Note: For more information, see Importing XPE Data from a Previous Device Family.

The following sections describe the recommended design flow in detail: