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EE 587 SoC Design & Test. Partha Pande School of EECS Washington State University BOUNDARY SCAN. Motivation for Standard. Bed-of-nails printed circuit board tester gone We put components on both sides of PCB & replaced DIPs with flat packs to reduce inductance

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Ee 587 soc design test

EE 587SoC Design & Test

Partha Pande

School of EECS

Washington State University

Boundary scan


Motivation for standard

Motivation for Standard

  • Bed-of-nails printed circuit board tester gone

    • We put components on both sides of PCB & replaced DIPs with flat packs to reduce inductance

      • Nails would hit components

    • Reduced spacing between PCB wires

      • Nails would short the wires

    • PCB Tester must be replaced with built-in test delivery system -- JTAG does that

    • Need standard System Test Port and Bus

    • Integrate components from different vendors

      • Test bus identical for various components

      • One chip has test hardware for other chips

Bed of nails tester concept

Bed-of-Nails Tester Concept

Purpose of standard

Purpose of Standard

  • Lets test instructions and test data be serially fed into a component-under-test (CUT)

  • JTAG can operate at chip, PCB, & system levels

  • Allows control of tri-state signals during testing

  • Lets other chips collect responses from CUT

  • Lets system interconnect be tested separately from components

  • Lets components be tested separately from wires

Boundary scan bs ieee 1149 1 standard

Boundary Scan (BS) IEEE 1149.1 Standard

  • Developed for testing chips on a printed circuit board (PCB).

  • A chip with BS can be accessed for test from the edge connector of PCB.

  • BS hardware added to chip:

    • Test Access port (TAP) added

      • Four test pins

      • A test controller FSM

    • A scan flip-flop added to each I/O pin.

  • Standard is also known as JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) standard.

System test logic

System Test Logic

System configuration

System Configuration

  • Each pin of the chip has a register at that position

  • Serial connection of this register – boundary register

  • TDI – Serial input

  • TDO – Serial output

  • A number of registers can be connected between TDI and TDO

Instruction register loading with jtag

Instruction Register Loading with JTAG

System view of interconnect

System View of Interconnect

Elementary boundary scan cell

Elementary Boundary Scan Cell

Serial board mcm scan

Serial Board / MCM Scan

Parallel board mcm scan

Parallel Board / MCM Scan

Independent path board mcm scan

Independent Path Board / MCM Scan

Tap controller signals

Tap Controller Signals

  • Test Access Port (TAP) includes these signals:

    • Test Clock Input(TCK) -- Clock for test logic

      • Can run at different rate from system clock

    • Test Mode Select(TMS) -- Switches system from functional to test mode

    • Test Data Input(TDI) -- Accepts serial test data and instructions -- used to shift in vectors or one of many test instructions

    • Test Data Output(TDO) -- Serially shifts out test results captured in boundary scan chain (or device ID or other internal registers)

    • Test Reset(TRST) -- Optional asynchronous TAP controller reset

Tap controller state diagram

Tap Controller State Diagram

Boundary scan instructions

Boundary SCAN Instructions

Sample preload instruction sample



Get snapshot of normal chip input/output signals

Put data on bound. scan chain before next instr.

Sample preload


  • Pin inputs are passed to the system logic

  • System logic outputs are also passed to the pin outputs

  • Input and output pin values are captured in the first master-slave flip-flop controlled by the ClockDR signal

  • The boundary scan ring prevents shifting of signals on the boundary scan chain, and the glitching they would cause, from being passed directly to the on-chip system logic

  • This is accomplished by the second master-slave hold flip-flop, clocked by the UpdateDR signal

Sample preload instruction preload


Extest instruction

EXTEST Instruction

  • Purpose: Test off-chip circuits and board-level interconnections



  • Capture signals coming into the chip in the boundary scan register

  • Drive the signals coming out of the chip from the boundary scan register

  • The hold latches in the boundary scan register are held at their prior values

Interconnect test

Interconnect Test

Intest instruction

INTEST Instruction

  • Purpose:

    • Shifts external test patterns onto component

    • External tester shifts component responses out

Clamp instruction

CLAMP Instruction

  • Purpose: Forces component output signals to be driven by boundary-scan register

  • Bypasses the boundary scan chain by using the one-bit Bypass Register

  • Optional instruction

  • May have to add RESET hardware to control on-chip logic so that it does not get damaged (by shorting 0’s and 1’s onto an internal bus, etc.)

Idcode instruction

IDCODE Instruction

  • Purpose: Connects the component device identification register serially between TDI and TDO

    • In the Shift-DR TAP controller state

  • Allows board-level test controller or external tester to read out component ID

  • Required whenever a JEDEC identification register is included in the design

Device id register jedec code



27 12



(16 bits)

11 1



(11 bits)



(1 bit)

31 28


(4 bits)

Device ID Register --JEDEC Code

Highz instruction

HIGHZ Instruction

  • Purpose: Puts all component output pin signals into high-impedance state

  • Control chip logic to avoid damage in this mode

  • May have to reset component after HIGHZ runs

  • Optional instruction

Bypass instruction

BYPASS Instruction

  • Purpose: Bypasses scan chain with 1-bit register

Optional required instructions





















Optional / Required Instructions

Single boundary scan chain on a board

Single Boundary Scan Chain on a board



  • Boundary Scan Standard has become absolutely essential --

    • No longer possible to test printed circuit boards with bed-of-nails tester

    • Not possible to test multi-chip modules at all without it

    • Now getting widespread usage

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