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Asynchronous design offers an attractive solution to address the problems faced by networks-on-chip (NoC) designers such as timing constraints. Nevertheless, post-fabrication testing is a big challenge to bring the asynchronous NoCs to the market because of a lack of testing methodology and support. This study first presents the design and implementation of a design-for-test (DfT) architecture, which improves the testability of an asynchronous NoC architecture. Then, a simple method for generating test patterns for network routers is described. Test patterns are automatically generated by a custom program, given the network topology and the network size. Finally, we introduce a testing strategy for the whole asynchronous NoC. With the generated test patterns, the testing methodology presents high fault coverage (99.86%) for single stuck-at fault models.
Date of Publication: September 2009