IEEE 1500 Standard defines a standard test interface for embedded cores of a system-on-a-chip (SOC) to simplify the test problems. In this paper we present a systematic method to employ this standard in a SOC test platform so as to carry out on-chip at-speed testing for embedded SOC cores without using expensive external automatic test equipment. The cores that can be handled include scan-based logic cores, BIST-based memory cores, BIST-based mixed-signal devices, and hierarchical cores. All required test control signals for these cores can be generated on-chip by a single centralized test access mechanism (TAM) controller. These control signals along with test data formatted in a single buffer are transferred to the cores via a dedicated test bus, which facilitates parallel core testing. A number of design techniques, including on-chip comparison, direct memory access, hierarchical core test architecture, and hierarchical test bus design, are also employed to enhance the efficiency of the test platform. A sample SOC equipped with the test platform has been designed. Experimental results on both FPGA prototyping and real chip implementation confirm that the test platform can efficiently execute all test procedures and effectively identify potential defect(s) in the target circuit(s).
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Jul 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Hardware and Architecture
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering