Bridging fault test method with adaptive power management awareness

Khursheed, Saqib, Ingelsson, Urban, Rosinger, Paul, Al-Hashimi, Bashir and Harrod, Peter (2008) Bridging fault test method with adaptive power management awareness. IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, 27, (6), 1117-1127. (doi:10.1109/TCAD.2008.923247).

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A key design constraint of circuits used in handheld devices is the power consumption, mainly due to battery life limitations. Adaptive power management (APM) techniques aim to increase the battery life of such devices by adjusting the supply voltage and operating frequency, and thus the power consumption, according to the workload. Testing for resistive bridging defects in APM-enabled designs raises a number of challenges due to their complex analog behavior. Testing at more than one supply voltage setting can be employed to improve defect coverage in such systems, however, switching between several supply voltage settings has a detrimental impact on the overall cost of test. This paper proposes a multi-Vdd automatic test generation method which delivers 100% resistive bridging defect coverage and also a way of reducing the number of supply voltage settings required during test through test point insertion. The proposed techniques have been experimentally validated using a number of benchmark circuits.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1109/TCAD.2008.923247
ISSNs: 0278-0070 (print)
1937-4151 (electronic)
Keywords: adaptive power management (APM), resistive bridging faults (RBFs), test generation, test points
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 265179
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2008Published
4 January 2008Submitted
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2008 18:29
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:10
Reliable Low Power Embedded Computing Systems (ROPEUST)
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/D057663/1)
Led by: Bashir M. Al-Hashimi
1 June 2006 to 30 November 2008
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