This instruction page for 2020.1 ZCU111 is also suitable for 2020.1 ZCU208 and ZCU216.

Now that you have installed and run the Pre-Built Power Advantage Tool, let’s take a moment to see what else you can do with it. The Power Advantage Tool Control Console can be used with designs, to monitor power during the design process. In addition, the Power Advantage Tool can be used as a demonstration of the power savings with various designs.

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May 28, 2020

Power Advantage Tool

Known 2020.1 Issues:
(1) The MSP430 source builds the compatible MSP430 version, but may not support all MSP430 TI Code Composer Studio debug features.

The Power Advantage Tool now takes control of the APU serial port if available. To give user control of the APU terminal, close the Power Advantage Tool, then launch the following script to open terminals, then open the Power Advantage Tool again. The Power Advantage Tool will complain that "No APU UART available", but just close that message.

Launching the Power Advantage Tool Control Console

If you have connected Micro USB (UART) (J83) to PC for the first time, or switched boards, you may need to wait a few minutes for the PC to recognize the new hardware. Then you can open the Power Advantage Tool.

Launch the Power Advantage Tool Shortcut at C:\ZynqUS_Demos\2020.1_Demos\ZynqusPowerTool.exe ZCU111 Shortcut. (ZCU208 and ZCU216 use the ZCU216 Shortcut instead) 
In a few seconds, you should see a Power Advantage Tool Control Console window with a Power Report. The Power numbers should update every few seconds.
If it is not displayed properly, refer to “Common Setup Issues”, and debug until the “Power Advantage Tool is alive” before returning here to continue.

Getting to Know the Power Advantage Tool Control Console

After successfully launching the Power Advantage Tool, you should see the following Power Advantage Tool Control Console window (may take a few seconds):

Figure 1. Power Advantage Tool Control Console

This interface is important to most of the demonstrations, so it would be good to familiarize yourself with it. Take a moment to identify the following:

Here is a Table of the Rails for ZCU111:

DAC_AVTT voltage measured is one half of the actual due to the sense point being used. Power Advantage Tool doubles this measured value to display the correct value.

It is a power advantage to be able to turn off unused circuitry. The more power islands and domains you have, the more flexibility you have to save power.

Islands are power switched internally to the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, whereas Domains are powered externally to the Zynq device. When Domain or island switching can be done, this has the advantage of drawing no power by being able to completely turn off a portion of the silicon device.

Switching off domains can clear the program memory until reboot.

Control can be over entire Domains or individual Islands.

Domain Control

Direct GUI power domain control is not supported in this version.

Selecting Displays

Pressing the Select button gives a menu to select from various displays:

Figure 4. Plot.

Figure 5. Rails.

Figure 6. Legend.

Figure 7. About.

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