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Switching activity estimation is an important step in average power estimation of VLSI circuits at the gate level. In this paper, we present a novel approach based on Petri net modeling for real delay switching activity and power estimation of CMOS circuits, considering both gate and interconnect delays. We propose a new type of Petri net called hierarchical colored hardware Petri net (HCHPN), which accurately captures the spatial and temporal correlations in modeling switching activity. The logic circuit is first modeled as a gate signal graph (GSG) which is then converted into the corresponding HCHPN and simulated as a Petri net to obtain the switching activity estimates and the power values. The proposed method is accurate and fast compared to other simulative methods. Experimental results are provided for ISCAS '85 and ISCAS '89 benchmark circuits and compared with the commercial tools, PowerMill, and Prime Power.