Design for hierarchical testability of RTL circuits obtained by behavioral synthesis

Indradeep Ghosh, Anand Raghunathan, Niraj Kumar Jha

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Abstract

Most behavioral synthesis and design for testability techniques target subsequent gate-level sequential test generation, which is frequently incapable of handling complex controller/data path circuits with large data path bit-widths. Hierarchical testing attempts to counter the complexity of test generation by exploiting information from multiple levels of the design hierarchy. We present techniques that add minimal test hardware to the given register-transfer level (RTL) design obtained through behavioral synthesis in order to ensure that all the embedded modules in the circuit are hierarchically testable. An important by-product of our DFT procedure is a system-level test set that is guaranteed to deliver pre-computed module test sets to each module in the RTL circuit. This eliminates the need to apply gate-level sequential test generation to the controller/data path. We performed extensive experiments with several complex data path/controller circuits synthesized by two different high-level synthesis systems which do not target testability. The key advantages of our method include: (i) the area and delay overheads incurred for testability are very low (the average area overhead was 3.15% and the average delay overhead was only 0.36%), (ii) both the DFT addition and test generation algorithms are independent of the data path bit-width (we generate test sets which have over 99% fault coverage in almost all the cases, in test generation times that are 2 to 4 orders of magnitude lower than current gate-level sequential test generators), and (iii) unlike methods that use scan, our system-level test sets can be applied at-speed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages173-179
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers & Processors - Austin, TX, USA
Duration: Oct 2 1995Oct 4 1995

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OtherProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers & Processors
CityAustin, TX, USA
Period10/2/9510/4/95

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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