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Date: 30-09-11

iPhone app by Xilinx for FPGA designers

FPGA designers can now determine the power consumption of Xilinx's FPGA on Apple iPhone and iPad using the new Pocket Power Estimator (PPE) app from Xilinx. Designers can download the PPE from the Apple App Store. Using these app developers can explore what-if-scenarios and get immediate feedback on the estimated power consumption compared to alternatives.

"Manufacturers of electronic systems across all our market segments are eager to either lower their current power budgets or drive higher system performance within the same power budgets," said Xilinx Distinguished Engineer and resident power 'guru' Matt Klein. "Offering the Power Pocket Estimator (PPE) on one of the most popular smartphone platforms puts power estimation in the hands of busy designers who routinely turn to their iPhone to access information, further enhancing their design productivity."

The PPE app offers a GUI for the quick entering of resource requirements - such as SerDes utilization, DSP, memory, logic capacity and more. The PPE app allows designers to obtain a high-level estimate of power usage by functional block, and how it compares to other Xilinx or competing devices. The PPE also includes application reference examples that designers can use as starting points to customize to their own specifications. The first release of the app includes design examples for the wired and wireless communications markets, while future releases will have additional market segment examples and support other smartphone platforms.

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