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Test set compaction for combinational circuits

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2 Author(s)
Jau-Shien Chang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei, Taiwan ; Chen-Shang Lin

Test set compaction for combinational circuits is studied in this paper. Two active compaction methods based on essential faults are developed to reduce a given test set. The special feature is that the given test set will be adaptively renewed to increase the chance of compaction. In the first method, forced pair-merging, pairs of patterns are merged by modifying their incompatible specified bits without sacrificing the original fault coverage. The other method, essential fault pruning, achieves further compaction from removal of a pattern by modifying other patterns of the test set to detect the essential faults of the target pattern. With these two developed methods, the compacted test size on the ISCAS'85 benchmark circuits is smaller than that of COMPACTEST by more than 20%, and 12% smaller than that by ROTCO+COMPACTEST

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Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 11 )