Creating Value Through Test

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Creating Value Through Test
Test is often seen as a necessary evil; it is a fact of life that ICs have manufacturing defects and those need to be filtered out by testing before the ICs are shipped to the customer. In this paper, we show that techniques and tools used in the testing field can also be (re-)used to create value to (1) designers, (2) manufacturers, and (3) customers alike. First, we show how the test infrastructure can be used to detect, diagnose, and correct design errors in prototype silicon. Secondly, we discuss how test results are used to improve the manufacturing process and hence production yield. Finally, we present test technologies that enable systems of high reliability for safety-critical applications. 1 Value for IC Designers: Silicon Debug Bart Vermeulen – Philips Research Laboratories For today’s system chip designs, no designer can guarantee that all design errors are found before first tape-out, despite meticulous analysis and verification [1, 2]. These errors can go undetec...
Erik Jan Marinissen, Bart Vermeulen, Robert Madge,
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Year 2003
Where DATE
Authors Erik Jan Marinissen, Bart Vermeulen, Robert Madge, Michael Kessler, Michael Müller
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