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Characterizing within-die variation from multiple supply port IDDQ measurements

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Characterizing within-die variation from multiple supply port IDDQ measurements
-- The importance of within-die process variation and its impact on product yield has increased significantly with scaling. Within-die variation is typically monitored by embedding characterization circuits in product chips. In this work, we propose a minimally-invasive, low-overhead technique for characterizing within-die variation. The proposed technique monitors within-die variation by measuring quiescent (IDDQ) currents at multiple power supply ports during wafer-probe test. We show that the spatially distributed nature of power ports enables spatial observation of process variation. We demonstrate our methodology on an experimental test-chip fabricated in 65-nm technology. The measurement results show that the IDDQ currents drawn by multiple power supply ports correlate very well with the variation trends introduced by state-dependent leakage patterns.
Kanak Agarwal, Dhruva Acharyya, Jim Plusquellic
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Type Journal
Year 2009
Where ICCAD
Authors Kanak Agarwal, Dhruva Acharyya, Jim Plusquellic
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