By Topic

Testing and Diagnosing Comparison Faults of TCAMs with Asymmetric Cells

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

1 Author(s)
Jin-Fu Li ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Central Univ., Jhongli, Taiwan

Ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) is a key component in various digital systems due to its fast lookup operation. Symmetric and asymmetric TCAM cells are two widely used cells for implementing a TCAM array. This paper presents several comparison fault models of TCAMs with asymmetric cells based on electrical defects. Some new comparison faults which do not exist in a TCAM with symmetric cells are found. One march-like test algorithm TAC-H is also proposed to cover the defined comparison faults. The TAC-H consists of 8N Write operations and (3N + 2B) Compare operations for an N × B-bit TCAM with Hit output only. We also propose two march-like diagnosis algorithms to identify the defined comparison faults of TCAMs with asymmetric cells. The first diagnosis algorithm DAC-H requires 5N Write operations, 3N Erase operations, and (5N + 2B) Compare operations to distinguish 100 percent comparison faults for a TCAM with Hit output only. The second diagnosis algorithm DAC-P requires 3N Write operations, 1N Erase operations, and (5N + 2B) Compare operations to distinguish 100 percent comparison faults for a TCAM with Hit and priority address encoder outputs.

Published in:

Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 11 )