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ANSYS PowerArtist Getting Started


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.

Target Audience: RTL Designers, Power Methodology Engineers, Front-end Verification Engineers.

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

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


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Agenda :

This is a 1-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 2x2 hour sessions lecture only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • 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

    • Workshop 1

    • Workshop 2

  • 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

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • 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

    • Workshop 3

  • 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

    • Workshop 4

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