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# Designs For Testability

Approach to generating tests for defects is to map defects to (higher level) faults: develop fault model, then generate tests for the faults Typical: gate-level “stuck-at” fault model As technology shrinks, other faults: bridging faults, delay faults, crosstalk faults, etc.

DESIGNS FOR TESTABILITY

Approach to generating tests for defects is to map defects to (higher level) faults: develop fault model, then generate tests for the faults Typical: gate-level “stuck-at” fault model As technology shrinks, other faults: bridging faults, delay faults, crosstalk faults, etc.

An interesting point: what is important is how well the tests generated (based on the fault model) will detect realistic defects the accuracy of the fault model is secondary

## 1. Observability and controllability:

Observability: ease of observing a value on a node by monitoring external output pins of the chip Controllability: ease of forcing a node to 0 or 1 by driving input pins of the chip Combinational logic is usually easier to observe and control Still, NP-complete problem Finite state machines can be very difficult, requiring many cycles to enter desired state Especially if state transition diagram is not known to the test engineer, or is too large

## 2. Fault simulation:

Identify faults detected by a sequence of tests Provide a numerical value of coverage (ratio of detected faults to total faults) Correlation between high fault coverage and low defect level Faults considered Generally, gate level “stuck-at” faults Can also evaluate coverage of switch level faults Can include timing and dynamic effects of failures.

Although fault simulation takes polynomial time in the number of gates, it can still be prohibitive for large designs. Static timing analysis (Primetime, for example) only finds structural long paths

## 3. False Path problem:

In order to allow a signal to go through the path, Required Side Inputs: C = 1, A = 1, E = 1 Conflict due to C = 1 and E = 1 Can use modified test generation algorithms to identify longest true paths in a circuit CRITIC from UT Primetime+Tetramax from Synopsys.

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