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Reducing test application time for built-in-self-test test pattern generators

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2 Author(s)
Hamzaoglu, I. ; Center for Reliable & High Performance Comput., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Patel, J.H.

This paper presents a new technique, called C-compatibility, for reducing the test application time of the counter-based exhaustive built-in-self-test (BIST) test pattern generators. This technique reduces the test application time by reducing the size of the binary counter used in the test pattern generators. We have incorporated the synthesis algorithm for synthesizing BIST test pattern generators using the C-compatibility technique into ATOM, an advanced ATPG system for combinational circuits. The experimental results showed that the test pattern generators synthesized using this technique for the ISCAS 85 and full scan versions of the ISCAS 89 benchmark circuits achieve 100% stuck-at fault coverage in much smaller test application time than the previously published counter-based exhaustive BIST pattern generators

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VLSI Test Symposium, 2000. Proceedings. 18th IEEE

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2000