I've put together a power usage estimate for the FPGA board I'm developing and these are the numbers:
Voltage Expected Current Possible Supply? Notable Peripherals 1.2V 1.578 A 2A 3A ETH PHY 1.8V 0.754 A 1A 1.5A DDR2 SDRAM 2.5V 1.124 A 1.5A 2A ETH PHY 3.3V 0.903 A 1A 1.5A 2A DVI
Do you think these numbers are reasonable in your experience?
I know that FPGA power usage varies a lot with the firmware application, so I used the Xilinx Spartan 6 excel spreadsheet for that and the datasheets for everything else, however the Xilinx 601 dev board on which I'm basing my design has 8A (!) ratings for all major rails (1.2,1.8,2.5,3.3), which seems quite excessive to me (and is making me quite concerned that my calculations are incorrect). Does the current usage by an FPGA really get this high?
The only extra thing it's using that I'm not is the SERDES + SFP connector which probably does use a bit of current (I can't imagine more than an amp?)
Also, I guess it's prudent to give myself a bit of PSU headroom. I'm not 100% sure on my figures so I'm going almost double in some places, still a lot less than 8A!
Also, chip recommendations? Is there anying I should be looking for in a regulator chip specifically for FPGA usage (low noise, etc?)