Delay Design-for-Testability for Functional RTL Circuits

Shaheen, Ateeq-Ur-Rehman and Hussin, Fawnizu Azmadi and Hamid, Nor Hisham (2015) Delay Design-for-Testability for Functional RTL Circuits. In: 7th International conference on Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ICITEE 2015), 29-30th October 2015, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Design-for-testability (DFT) reduces the test complexity of sequential register-transfer-level (RTL) circuits. Only enhanced scan technique from the scan based approaches guarantee two pattern testability with a large area and test time overhead. This paper proposes a path delay DFT technique for functional RTL circuits. Data paths are modified into hierarchical single-port change (SPC) two-pattern testable (TPT) paths. The state register of the controller is transformed into a parallel-scan register. A snooping mechanism for the control, status and the not clear control lines to register and multiplexer is presented. Control lines considered as the segment of the RTL data path, not clear control signals and status lines are snooped to test without affecting the functionality of the RTL circuit. Two observation multiplexers are inserted to support the testing of control lines, status lines, and the state register. The proposed approach is based on the path delay fault model and supports the hierarchical test generation. The results show that for the given circuit, the area overhead of the proposed method rapidly decreases with the increase in bit width of the circuit data path. The proposed technique performs at-speed testing with small test application time and can obtain the fault coverage as achieved with the enhanced scan method.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Academic Subject One:Academic Department - Electrical And Electronics - Pervasisve Systems - Digital Electronics - Test and Reliablity
Departments / MOR / COE:Centre of Excellence > Center for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research
ID Code:11959
Deposited By: Dr Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin
Deposited On:07 Oct 2016 01:42
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:20

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