Power Supply Noise Reduction in Broadcast

Power Supply Noise Reduction in Broadcast-Based
Compression Environment for At-Speed Scan Testing
Presenter: Chun-Yong Liang
Advisor: Jiun-Lang Huang
Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering
National Taiwan University
Abstract — Power supply noise induced test yield loss is challenging at-speed scan testing. This work
is the first attempt to reduce power supply noise for at-speed testing in the broadcast-based test
compression environment. The core technology is the X-slice creation technique; it comprises the
scan-chain skew-insertion hardware and the skew configuration generation algorithm. With the created
X-slices, the efficiency of X-slice filling to lower the launch cycle switching activities is improved.
Effectiveness of the proposed technique is validated with ISCAS89 and ITC99 benchmark circuits.
Skew insertion hardware &
timing diagram
(a) The skew-insertion hardware
comprises the enable generator, the
scan-in data buffer, the control
registers, and the MUX network.
(b) The scan operation consists of
three steps, load skew configuration,
initial scan-in data buffer, and scan.
Skew insertion example
(a) The scan chain without any skew
insertion where flip-flops that receive the
same scan-in bit are connected by a
dashed line.
(b) Scan chain 2 is skewed by one cycle.
(c) Aligns scan cells according to the new
linear dependency.
Launch-WSA reduction flow
The first step is to identify patterns that violate the launch-WSA
constraint and the set of faults that are exclusively detected by these
patterns. The flow then starts modifying each pattern . The first stage is
the simple slice-flipping heuristic without X-slice creation; the reason is
to reduce overhead. The second stage applies the proposed X-slice
creation technique to patterns that still fail the constraint.
X-slice creation example
Although the ratio of X-bits
is 75%, there is only one Xslice. If scan chain 2 is
skewed by one cycle, the
available X-slice count
increases from one to three.
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