Novel Test Infrastructure and Methodology Used for Accelerated Bring-Up and In-System Characterization of the Multi-Gigahertz Interfaces on the Cell Processor

P. Yeung, A. Torres, P. Batra
2007 2007 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition  
Design-for-test (DFT) techniques are continuously used in designs to help identify defects during silicon manufacturing. However, prior to production, a significant amount of time and effort is needed to bring-up and validate various aspects of the silicon design in the system. In particular, the use of multi-Gigabit I/O signaling for a high I/O count, high-volume product introduces unique test challenges during these two phases of the product life cycle. In this paper, we shall discuss the
more » ... infrastructure and methodologies used to accelerate bring-up and in-system silicon characterization for high-speed mixed-signal I/O. These ideas will lead to a shortened time to market (TTM) at a lower cost. As a case study, we shall illustrate these techniques used in the development of the Rambus FlexIO™ processor bus and XIO™ memory interface used on the first generation Cell processor (aka Cell Broadband Engine™ or Cell BE). Cell was co-developed by Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, Toshiba Corporation, and IBM and is used in the Sony PlayStation®3 (PS3™) game console and other intense computational applications. The Cell processor uses 5Gbps links for the processor's FlexIO system interface and 3.2Gbps links for the processor's XDR™ memory interface. This per pin bandwidth translates into a system interface with a bandwidth of 60GB/s and a memory interface with a bandwidth of 25.6GB/s, respectively.
doi:10.1109/date.2007.364681 dblp:conf/date/YeungTB07 fatcat:oe3qm36zxjf5vmnv5y3az25rfu