Are there any pre-implementation or pre-design tools available to help get my7 series FPGA design started?
NOTE: This answer record is part of the Xilinx 7 Series FPGA Solution Center (Xilinx Answer 46370). The Xilinx 7 Series FPGA Solution Center is available to address all questions related to 7 series devices. Whether you are starting a new design with 7 series FPGAs or troubleshooting a problem, use the 7 Series FPGA Solution Center to guide you to the right information.
The Xilinx Power Estimator (XPE) spreadsheet is a power estimation tool typically used in the pre-design and pre-implementation phases of a7 series FPGA design project. XPE assists with architecture evaluation and device selection, and helps in selecting the appropriate power supply and thermal management components which might be required for your application. It can be downloaded from the Xilinx Power Solutions site: http://www.xilinx.com/products/design_resources/power_central/
Please be sure to read the XPE User Guide for usage details of the spreadsheet.