Robust Timing-Aware Test Generation Using Pseudo-Boolean Optimization

Stephan Eggersglüß; Mahmut Yilmaz; Krishnendu Chakrabarty

In: Proceedings. Asian Test Symposium (ATS-12), 21st, November 19-22, Niigata, Japan, IEEE-Verlag, 2012.


Advances in the chip manufacturing process impose new requirements for post-production test. Small Delay Defects (SDDs) have become a serious problem during chip testing. Timing-aware ATPG is typically used to generate tests for this kind of defects. Here, the faults are detected through the longest path. In this paper, a novel timing-aware ATPG approach is proposed which is based on Pseudo-Boolean Optimization (PBO) in order to leverage the recent advances in solving techniques in this field. Additionally, the PBO-based approach is able to cope with the generation of hazard-free robust tests by extending the problem formulation. As a result, the faults are detected through the longest robustly testable path, i.e. independently from other delay faults. Experimental results show that a hazard-free robust test can be efficiently found for most testable timing-critical faults without much reduction in path length.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence