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This paper presents the results of a case study which investigates the use of an embedded soft-core processor to perform Built-In Self-Test (BIST) of the logic resources in Xilinx Virtex-5 Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). We show that the approach reduces the complexity of an external BIST controller and the number of external reconfigurations, making it particularly appealing for in-system testing of high-reliability and fault-tolerant systems with FPGAs. However, the overall test time is not improved due to an increase in the size of the required configuration files as a consequence of the inclusion of the soft-core embedded processor logic, whose relative irregularity results in less effective compression of configuration data files.
Date of Conference: 7-9 March 2010