THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR STUCK-AT-FAULT BASED TESTING


Abstract

Historically, test patterns for digital circuits have been produced by targeting a specific fault model such as the set of all single stuck-at faults, the set of all bridging faults, or some set of delay faults. All of the major CAD companies have tools for test pattern generation, and they do fault simulation based upon such models. In this presentation, we will demonstrate that the quality of tests produced using such models declines rapidly as the fault coverage approaches 100%. An alternate test generation method is proposed where the objective is to maximize defect detection by probabilistic "defect excitation" and deterministic "defect-induced error observation." Results obtained by using this approach will be presented for a subset of the ISCAS benchmark circuits, and the superiority of this approach over existing industry practice will be demonstrated.


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