Intel® Quartus® Prime Standard Edition User Guide: Power Analysis and Optimization

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Date 9/24/2018
Document Table of Contents

1. Power Analysis

Updated for:
Intel® Quartus® Prime Design Suite 18.1
The Intel® Quartus® Prime Design Suite provides tools to estimate power consumption in a FPGA design at different stages of the design process.
The Intel® Quartus® Prime Power Analyzer allows you to estimate power consumption for a post-fit design. To estimate the power consumption before you compile the design, use the Early Power Estimator (EPE) spreadsheet.
Note: Do not use the results of the Power Analyzer as design specifications.

As designs grow larger and process technology continues to shrink, power becomes an increasingly important design consideration. When designing a PCB, you must estimate the power consumption of a device accurately to develop an appropriate power budget, and to design the power supplies, voltage regulators, heat sink, and cooling system.

The Intel® Quartus® Prime Power Analyzer helps you establish guidelines for the power budget of your design. Make sure to verify the actual power during device operation, because this information is sensitive to the actual device design and the environmental operating conditions.

This chapter describes the Intel® Quartus® Prime Power Analyzer tool. For details about the EPE spreadsheets, refer to the Early Power Estimator page in the Altera website.

Note: The Intel® Quartus® Prime Power Analyzer does not support the Intel® Arria® 10 HPS IP. You can obtain a power estimation for this Intel® FPGA IP with the EPE spreadsheet.

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