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IP validation in remote microelectronics testing
Author(s): Adam Osseiran; Kamran Eshraghian; Stefan Lachowicz; Xiaoli Zhao; Roger Jeffery; Michael Robins
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the test and validation of FPGA based IP using the concept of remote testing. It demonstrates how a virtual tester environment based on a powerful, networked Integrated Circuit testing facility, aimed to complement the emerging Australian microelectronics based research and development, can be employed to perform the tasks beyond the standard IC test. IC testing in production consists in verifying the tested products and eliminating defective parts. Defects could have a number of different causes, including process defects, process migration and IP design and implementation errors. One of the challenges in semiconductor testing is that while current fault models are used to represent likely faults (stuck-at, delay, etc.) in a global context, they do not account for all possible defects. Research in this field keeps growing but the high cost of ATE is preventing a large community from accessing test and verification equipment to validate innovative IP designs. For these reasons a world class networked IC teletest facility has been established in Australia under the support of the Commonwealth government. The facility is based on a state-of-the-art semiconductor tester operating as a virtual centre spanning Australia and accessible internationally. Through a novel approach the teletest network provides virtual access to the tester on which the DUT has previously been placed. The tester software is then accessible as if the designer is sitting next to the tester. This paper presents the approach used to test and validate FPGA based IPs using this remote test approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5274, Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging, (30 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.523540
Show Author Affiliations
Adam Osseiran, Edith Cowan Univ. (Australia)
Kamran Eshraghian, Edith Cowan Univ. (Australia)
Stefan Lachowicz, Edith Cowan Univ. (Australia)
Xiaoli Zhao, Edith Cowan Univ. (Australia)
Roger Jeffery, SMR Electronics Pty, Ltd. (Australia)
Michael Robins, SMR Electronics Pty, Ltd. (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5274:
Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging
Derek Abbott; Kamran Eshraghian; Charles A. Musca; Dimitris Pavlidis; Neil Weste, Editor(s)

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