Test Data Compression Using Selective Encoding of Scan Slices

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Test Data Compression Using Selective Encoding of Scan Slices
We present a selective encoding method that reduces test data volume and test application time for scan testing of Intellectual Property (IP) cores. This method encodes the slices of test data that are fed to the scan chains in every clock cycle. To drive scan chains, we use only tester channels, where = log2( +1) +2. In the best case, we can achieve compression by a factor of using only one tester clock cycle per slice. We derive a sufficient condition on the distribution of care bits that allows us to achieve the best-case compression. We also derive a probabilistic lower bound on the compression for a given care-bit density. Unlike popular compression methods such as Embedded Deterministic Test (EDT), the proposed approach is suitable for IP cores because it does not require structural information for fault simulation, dynamic compaction, or interleaved test generation. The on-chip decoder is small, independent of the circuit under test and the test set, and it can be shared between...
Zhanglei Wang, Krishnendu Chakrabarty
Added 16 Dec 2010
Updated 16 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2008
Authors Zhanglei Wang, Krishnendu Chakrabarty
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