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[Proceedings] 1991 International Workshop on Defect and Fault Tolerance on VLSI Systems

18-20 Nov. 1991

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  • Proceedings. 1991 International Workshop on Defect and Fault Tolerance on VLSI Systems (Cat. No.91TH0395-4)

    Publication Year: 1991
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  • Effects of fault tolerance on the reliability of memory array supports

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):128 - 138
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    For future-generation large-scale computers, memory reliability is independent of the memory chip failures due to low failure rates and fault-tolerant techniques. When failures do occur, they are masked, using such techniques as single error correction (SEC), page deallocation, and array chip sparing. The two remaining sources of failures are card(s) and logic support modules. This paper describes... View full abstract»

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  • Overview of fault handling for the chaos router

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):124 - 127
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    The chaos router is an adaptive nonminimal message router for multicomputers that is simple enough to compete with the fast, oblivious routers now in use in commercial machines. It improves on previous adaptive routers by using randomization, which eliminates the need for complex livelock protection and speeds the router. This randomization, however, greatly complicates the fault detection because... View full abstract»

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  • Key issues in the design of a fault-tolerant core avionics computer based on the mesh architecture

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):120 - 123
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    Greater integration of avionics and flight control electronics with the need for higher reliability while maintaining or improving safety and availability and the need for reduced line maintenance costs are key drivers for the examination of a fault tolerant core computer architecture. The authors' approach is to develop a computer using commercially available microprocessors and memory with an AS... View full abstract»

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  • Physical boundaries of performance: the interconnection perspective

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):227 - 246
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    Several interconnection issues relating to faults and reliability are reviewed. Whereas the occurrence of opens in interconnections or shorts between interconnections is well understood within conventional models of digital systems, the faults originating from the analog characteristics of signals propagating across interconnection lines (particularly long lines) is less often discussed. However, ... View full abstract»

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  • Monolithic VLSI vs. MCM a perspective on performance, yield, and manufacturing

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):116 - 119
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    MCMs are touted as the emerging challenge to monolithic VLSIs. The purported driving forces are performance and economics. While the potentials are attractive, many practical problems remain before MCMs become viable. Furthermore, it is not at clear that MCMs will replace monolithic VLSIs as suggested. The author contrasts these technologies. Using the implementation of a CPU function as an exampl... View full abstract»

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  • Circuit-level modeling of spot defects

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):63 - 66
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    Describes some of the problems faced in mapping spot defects (e.g. extra/missing material, gate oxide pinholes) to changes in the nominal circuit. Traditionally, a very simple mapping has been used, with circuit faults assumed to consist of shorts, opens and occasionally, extra devices. The authors discuss some of the problems in achieving the simple mapping and how they are solved in VLASIC catas... View full abstract»

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  • Reconfiguration of time-multiplexed binary trees for satellite communication

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):274 - 287
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    A time-multiplexed version of a binary tree channeliser can be implemented as a pipelined structure. Reconfiguration aspects of such a pipeline are considered in this paper. By developing a serial-module scheme for reconfiguration it is shown that the SM scheme offers better reliability than its equivalent binary trees. A digital filter is assumed as the basic processing element of the pipeline an... View full abstract»

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  • State-of-the-art of the wafer scale ELSA project

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):296 - 299
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    ELSA project concerns massively parallel architectures on silicon dedicated especially to low-level image processing. Real-time low-level image processing demands a huge amount of computing power. Fortunately, the algorithms encountered in this field are naturally regular which suggests a regular architecture to solve them. One of the most efficient scheme is array processors. This array processor... View full abstract»

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  • Array architecture for ATG with 100% fault coverage

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):213 - 226
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    Discusses an array architecture, circuitry and methodology for the automatic generation of test vectors. The architecture has been implemented in a mask programmed version of an antifuse based FPGA. The architecture provides 100% controllability and observability of each node in the circuit. This allows the automatic generation of test vectors with 100% fault coverage independent of the design imp... View full abstract»

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  • Neural networks on silicon: the mapping of hardware faults onto behavioral errors

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):103 - 115
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    The problem of defect- and fault-tolerance in neural networks becomes increasingly important as a growing number of silicon implementations become available and mission-critical applications are envisioned. As an alternative to architecture-specific policies, intrinsic characteristics of the neural paradigm with respect to a functional error model are considered. In particular, this has been done ... View full abstract»

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  • Almost sure diagnosis of almost every good element

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):191 - 194
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    This is an overview of a technical report by the same title. The authors consider the diagnosis of the dice on a semiconductor wafer, in which the processing element on each die contains logic that can test another die. The test circuitry is simplified when each die is the same, and this is an assumption of the model. Diagnosis with constant-degree digraphs is of practical interest to wafer-scale ... View full abstract»

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  • Applications of a mechanistic yield model for MOSIC chips

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):60 - 62
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    A mechanistic random-defect yield model has been extended to several CMOS technologies and applied to several types of circuit forms. Inputs to the model include critical geometries for yield analysis obtained from detailed layout analysis, and defect density values obtained from large area test structures, with both inputs being needed for each mechanism. A generally applicable yield model metric... View full abstract»

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  • Reliability evaluation of FUSS and other reconfiguration schemes

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):153 - 156
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    One objective in the design of VLSI/WSI fault-tolerant processor arrays (FTPA), is to increase the probability of successful reconfiguration in the presence of one or more faults given that a fault has occurred (survivability). This paper reports a comparison of FUSS (Full-Use-of-Suitable-Spares), a recently proposed reconfiguration scheme, with other two well reconfiguration schemes. The results ... View full abstract»

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  • Fast search algorithms for reconfiguration problems

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):260 - 273
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    A number of reconfiguration strategies have been proposed for increasing the yield of VLSI chips. In most cases the associated reconfiguration problems are NP-complete. Therefore, exhaustive search algorithms are generally used in order to find a solution when one exists. In this paper we present the notion of admissible sets and show how such sets can be used to significantly reduce the running t... View full abstract»

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  • Some results and open problems concerning memory reconfiguration under clustered fault models

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):292 - 295
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    Reconfiguration of memory arrays using spare rows and spare columns has been shown to be a useful technique for yield enhancement. This problem is NP-hard in general and hence, previous work has focused on branch-and-bound algorithms for smaller problems and approximation algorithms for larger problems. Recently, the performances of several algorithms have been evaluated under a probabilistic mode... View full abstract»

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  • Concurrent built-in self-test with reduced fault latency

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):199 - 212
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    Presents various new approaches for concurrent built-in self-test (CBIST). These new approaches have a low latency in fault detection. Two approaches are proposed. The first approach is applicable to combinational logic circuits which can be designed using iterative logic arrays (ILAs). Two methods namely the HIT-COMPRESS and HIT-IDENTICAL, are discussed. These methods employ different hardware st... View full abstract»

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  • On the modeling and testing of gate oxide shorts in CMOS logic gates

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):161 - 174
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    The electrical and logic operation of CMOS simple logic gates in the presence of gate oxide shorts is analyzed using realistic defect models. These models reflect the resistive nature of gate oxide shorts and the difference between n- and p-channel transistors. The resistance of a short plays a central role in determining the actual circuit behavior. Faults caused by gate oxide shorts can be depen... View full abstract»

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  • Harvest rate of reconfigurable pipelines

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):93 - 102
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    Yield analysis for reconfigurable structures is often difficult, due to the defect distribution and irregularity of reconfiguration algorithms. In this paper, the authors give a method to analyze the yield of reconfigurable pipelines for the following model: Given n pipelines with m stages, where each stage of a pipeline is defective with constant probability and spare wires are... View full abstract»

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  • Wafer-scale massively parallel computing modules for fault-tolerant signal and data processing

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):20 - 23
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    A WASP device is a WSI implementation of an ASP (Associative String Processor) substring and, as such, it constitutes a fundamental building block for the assembly of SIMD Massively Parallel Computer (MPC) components. This paper describes current progress in the WASP 3/4/5 programme View full abstract»

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  • Delay fault simulation of self-checking error checkers

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):187 - 190
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    A robustly-tested gate-delay fault model is proposed using 7-valued logic, and applied to the delay fault simulation of self-checking error checkers. The simulated results are compared with those obtained using either a nonrobustly-tested gate-delay fault model or a path-delay fault model. Experiments show that the robustly-tested gate-delay fault model gives the most pessimistic evaluation for de... View full abstract»

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  • Improved yield models for fault-tolerant random-access memory chips

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):46 - 59
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    Several improvements in the method of yield modeling for memory chips with redundancy are described. First, a direct method of translating defect-monitor data to memory-chip faults eliminates the need for yield-model formulas, making possible accurate modeling of the faults that can be fixed with redundant circuits or other fault-tolerance techniques. This results in loosely coupled distributions ... View full abstract»

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  • Concurrent error diagnosis in mesh array architectures based on overlapping H-processes

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):139 - 152
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    Unlike other methods for concurrent error detection and location (CED), the one proposed is not application specific and does not require fault free comparators and custom VLSI design for the processing cells. It is suitable for any algorithm that can be decomposed in block operations of the format [(a op1 b) op2 (c op3 d)], where a, b, c, d are arbitrary operands ... View full abstract»

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  • Efficient and optimal fault-to-spare assignments in doubly fault tolerant arrays

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):247 - 259
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    Given a doubly fault tolerant system with m faults, the authors present an algorithm for finding a fault-to-spare assignment for the m faults in O(m) time. This improvement over the O(m1.5) bi-partite graph technique for finding an assignment is obtained by partitioning the problem into independent regions and proving that, in each region, an assignment may be found in linear time. The ... View full abstract»

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  • Knowledge-based electrical monitor approach using very large array yield structures to delineate defects during process development and production yield improvement

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):67 - 80
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    A knowledge-based system has been developed for a set of very large electrical test pattern structures that allows one to understand and debug process problems in sub-micron EPROM/Flash technology. These structures are called `MONGOS' due to their size (~300 K Cells) and were designed using the process target EPROM or Flash cells in an array as an exact replica of the product vehicle. Resistance a... View full abstract»

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