Intel® FPGA Power and Thermal Calculator User Guide

ID 683445
Date 4/01/2024
Document Table of Contents

1.1. Accessing the Intel FPGA Power and Thermal Calculators

For convenience, the Intel® FPGA Power and Thermal Calculator (PTC) is available either as a standalone application, or embedded within the Quartus® Prime software. Each version has a different method to access and launch.

Table 1.  Power and Thermal Calculator Versions Available
Intel® FPGA PTC Version Description Access and Run
Embedded Intel® FPGA PTC Launched from within the Quartus® Prime software. Populates the Intel® FPGA PTC from project settings and compilation results.

The PTC assumes the current device selected in the Quartus® Prime software. If the current device is not supported by the PTC, it assumes a default device and displays an informative message.

In the Quartus® Prime software, click Tools > Power and Thermal Calculator, or type the quartus_ptc command in the Quartus® Prime software command shell.
Standalone Intel® FPGA PTC Runs independently from the Quartus® Prime software and includes all features in the embedded Intel® FPGA PTC. You input all data manually, or import from a .ptc file. Helpful in early design when power and cooling requirements are necessary but RTL is not yet available. Available from the Additional Software tab of the Quartus® Prime Pro Edition page of the Download Center for FPGAs .
  • To launch the Windows version, click the icon in the Start menu.
  • To launch the Linux version, type ./ptc <Enter> in the installation folder.