Abstract: This paper presents the design and use of INCAPE (INtegrated Cache
Analysis and Power Estimation). The proposed tool integrates an extended
analytical model for power estimation in caches within a retargetable
cross-design environment. INCAPE has been used to perform experimental design
space exploration and analysis of the main factors that strongly impact on the
power dissipation of the cache hierarchy. The obtained results validate the
usefulness of the proposed methodology and allow the designer to efficiently
design the cache hierarchy when low power constraints are involved.