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Delay test generation for synchronous sequential circuits

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1 Author(s)
S. Devadas ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

The author presents a method for generating test sequences to detect delay faults in sequential circuits using the stuck-at-fault sequential test generator STALLION. The method is complete in that it will generate a delay test sequence for a targeted fault given sufficient CPU time, if such a sequence exists. Faults for which no delay test sequence exists are termed sequentially delay redundant. The author describes means of eliminating sequential delay redundancies in logic circuits. He presents a partial-scan methodology for enhancing the testability of difficult-to-test or untestable sequential circuits, wherein a small number of flip-flops are selected and made controllable/observable. The selection process guarantees the elimination of all sequential delay redundancies. It is shown that an intimate relationship exists between state assignment and delay testability of a sequential machine. A state assignment algorithm for the synthesis of sequential machines with maximal delay fault testability is described. Preliminary experimental results using the test generation, partial-scan, and synthesis algorithms are presented

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Test Conference, 1989. Proceedings. Meeting the Tests of Time., International

Date of Conference:

29-31 Aug 1989