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Ansys PowerArtist
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Course Overview

Ansys PowerArtist is the industry-leading comprehensive register-transfer-level (RTL) design-for-power platform to analyze, debug and reduce power early in the RTL stage for maximizing power savings. PowerArtist enables you to perform physical-aware RTL power budgeting, interactive debugging, analysis-driven reduction, efficiency regressions and profiling of live applications, while also enabling a seamless RTL-to-physical methodology for power grid integrity.

This course teaches the essential skills you will need to start performing RTL Power Analysis, Reduction and Profiling on your own using Ansys PowerArtist.

The course is designed for the Lecture to be used along with the Workshop. The user is encouraged to follow along the Lecture with a live PowerArtist session. The training enables an accelerated ramping up on the PowerArtist product and features using both its commands and Graphical User Interface. 


Basic understanding of RTL design and power is recommended.

Teaching Method

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. A major emphasis is placed on teaching along with workshop.

    Learning Outcome

    Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

    Achieve early RTL power analysis using PowerArtist as well as power profiling. It will also allow you to find power wastage and having a regression based power methodology at RTL.

     Available Dates

    Learning Options

    Training materials for this course are available with an Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


    This is a half-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 3-hours, lecture only.

    Module 01: Design Import and Activity/Power Profiling

    • Basics of Power Calculation 
    • PowerArtist Overview
    • Inputs and Outputs
    • Different Stages
    • Importing RTL / Elaborate 
    • Generating Design Activity Waveforms
    • Generating Time-based Power Profile

    Module 02 – Average and Time-Based Power Analysis Flow

    • Overview of Power Analysis Flow
    • Processing Design Activity to Generate GAF (Global Activity Format)
    • Modeling of Physical Effects at RTL Using PACE models
    • Performing Average Power Analysis
    • Different Physical Modelling Aspects
    • Generating Power Reports
    • Performing Time-Based Power Analysis

    Module 03: Interactive Power Debug using PowerArtist

    • Understanding RTL Power Debug
    • Using Power Efficiency Metrics for Debug
    • Interactive Power Debug using GUI
    • Using Block Activity Ranking for Data/Clock/Power Gating
    • Generating Custom Reports using Tcl Interface to Power Database

    Module 04: RTL Power Reduction and Regressions

    • Power Reduction Flow
    • Using Clock Gating Efficiency metrics and report
    • Overview of Power Reduction Techniques: Clock, Memory, Datapath
    • Monitoring Power using Regressions