By Topic

The reliability of approximate testability measures

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)
Huisman, L.M. ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

Techniques for gauging the accuracy of approximate testability measures that estimate the random-pattern testability of gate-level faults in designs with combinational logic are considered. The measures examined are overall fault-exposure distribution, high coverage, and fault grading. Sampling techniques are compared with the Stafan and Protest approximate testability measures. For random-pattern testing, it is clear that state-of-the-art testability measures like Stafan and Protest do provide some information about the testability of single faults or complete designs, but this information is not accurate; in many areas of use they cannot compete with carefully chosen sampling techniques. The three techniques described here are applicable to testing strategies other than the random-pattern testing of stuck-at faults; they are equally useful in a weighted random-pattern testing environment, for example.<>

Published in:

Design & Test of Computers, IEEE  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 6 )