Optimization of Dual-Speed TAM Architectures for Efficient Modular Testing of SOCs

Anuja Sehgal, Krishnendu Chakrabarty
2007 IEEE transactions on computers  
The increasing complexity of system-on-chip (SOC) integrated circuits has spurred the development of versatile automatic test equipment (ATE) that can simultaneously drive different channels at different data rates. Examples of such ATEs include the Agilent 93000 series tester based on port scalability and the test processor-per-pin architecture and the Tiger system from Teradyne. The number of tester channels with high data rates may be constrained in practice, however, due to ATE resource
more » ... tations, the power rating of the SOC, and scan frequency limits for the embedded cores. Therefore, we formulate the following optimization problem: Given two available data rates for the tester channels, an SOC-level test access mechanism (TAM) width W , an upper limit V ðV < WÞ on the number of channels that can transport test data at the higher data rate, determine an SOC TAM architecture that minimizes the testing time. We present an efficient heuristic algorithm for TAM optimization that exploits port scalability of ATEs to reduce SOC testing time and test cost. We present experimental results for the ITC '02 SOC test benchmarks and investigate the impact of dual-speed TAM architectures on power consumption during testing for one of these benchmarks.
doi:10.1109/tc.2007.250628 fatcat:5aplodnpzneufb5zpbthrmvhgy