Intel® FPGA Power and Thermal Calculator User Guide

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Date 3/31/2023

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2. Overview of the Intel® FPGA Power and Thermal Calculator

This document describes how to use the Intel® FPGA Power and Thermal Calculator (PTC). The Intel® FPGA PTC estimates your design's power consumption and provides thermal design parameters for Intel® Agilex™ 7 and Intel® Stratix® 10 devices.1 The Intel® FPGA PTC allows early analysis of the factors contributing to FPGA power consumption, allowing you to adjust your design for greater power and thermal efficiency.

Device support for Intel Agilex® 7 M-series FPGAs and SoCs in the Power and Thermal Calculator version 23.1 is restricted. To enable M-series device support in your instance of the Power and Thermal Calculator, contact your regional Intel FPGA sales representative.

Figure 1.  Intel® FPGA Power and Thermal Calculator

Key abilities of the Intel® FPGA PTC include:

  • Estimate the power consumption of your design before creating , and at various stages during the design process.
  • Determine preliminary thermal assessments of your design.
  • Section data input and results along hierarchical boundaries to view and improve power consumption per design hierarchy.
  • Export, import, and reuse Intel® FPGA PTC data for a particular design hierarchy.
Note: Intel® FPGA PTC results are an estimate of power consumption and thermal properties, not an exact specification of actual consumption during device operation. You must verify the actual power consumption during device operation because actual consumption is impacted by the device and design input signals. Refer to Measuring Static Power for information on how to measure device static power in a way that correlates with the way that Intel® FPGA PTC reports static power.

Once your design is ready to compile, switch to the Intel® Quartus® Prime Power Analyzer for more accurate power analysis results. The Intel® Quartus® Prime Power Analyzer produces more accurate results because the Compiler generates more detailed information about your design that influences the analysis tool, such as routing and configuration information that impact power consumption.

1 The Intel® FPGA PTC does not support Intel® Arria® 10, Intel® Cyclone® 10, and earlier devices. Use the corresponding Early Power Estimator for these devices.