Power and cooling specifications for an FPGA design have to be determined early in the product’s design cycle, often even before the logic within the FPGA has been designed. An accurate worst-case power analysis early on helps you avoid the pitfalls of overdesigning or underdesigning your product’s power or cooling system.

The Xilinx Power Estimator (XPE) can perform a power analysis at any time during the design cycle. This White Paper describes a seven step procedure for analyzing your design’s power requirements using the Xilinx Power Estimator.