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Pitfalls of hierarchical fault simulation

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1 Author(s)
Kundu, S. ; Intel Corp., Austin, TX, USA

Certain circuit structures, such as self-loop, asynchronous reset, and clock division, may not be visible in a hierarchical (mixed) simulation system. Since the simulator does not know about their existence, it cannot cope with them like it normally would in a flat circuit. If this leads to a logic-simulation problem, users can usually discover them easily during the validation process. However, if it only causes fault-simulation inaccuracy, it is hard to find the problem. In this paper, we show examples illustrating their existence. The examples negate an assumption that has been used in many papers on mixed-mode simulation. The examples have been abstracted from real industrial designs of microprocessors.

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Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 2 )