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Enhancing testability of VLSI arrays for fast Fourier transform

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3 Author(s)
Lu, S.-K. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei, Taiwan ; Wu, C.-W. ; Kuo, S.-Y.

Fast-Fourier-transform (FFT) algorithms are used in various digital signal-processing applications such as linear filtering, correlation analysis and spectrum analysis. With the advent of very large-scale-integration (VLSI) technology, a large collection of processing elements can be gathered to achieve high-speed computation economically. However, owing to the low pin-count/component-count ratio, the controllability and observability of such circuits decrease significantly. As a result, testing of such highly complex and dense circuits becomes very difficult and expensive. M-testability conditions for butterfly-connected and shuffle-connected FFT arrays are proposed. Based on them, a novel design-for-testability approach is presented and applied to the module-level systolic FFT arrays. The M-testability conditions guarantee 100% single-module-fault testability with a minimum number of test patterns.

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Computers and Digital Techniques, IEE Proceedings E  (Volume:140 ,  Issue: 3 )