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BIST vs. ATPG. Introduction . ATPG – A utomatic T est P attern G eneration BIST – B uilt- I n S elf T est. Common scan architecture. logic test methodologies are based on a full scan infrastructure all storage elements are connected together

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  • ATPG – Automatic Test Pattern Generation
  • BIST – Built-In Self Test
common scan architecture
Common scan architecture
  • logic test methodologies are based on a full scan infrastructure
    • all storage elements are connected together
  • Test patterns are pre-generated using a gate-level representation of the design netlist
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Common scan architecture
  • Patterns are stored in tester memory and scanned into the circuit using parallel scan chains
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Common scan architecture
  • Applying a test pattern consists of:
    • scanning in the pattern data
    • applying one or more functional clock cycles
    • scanning out the captured response data
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Common scan architecture
  • The number of scan chains is limited by:
    • Chip I/O
    • Tester channels
    • On-chip routing congestion
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Common scan architecture
  • BIST improves the scan infrastructure by adding:
    • An on-chip pattern generator
      • Feeds the scan chains
    • An on-chip result compressor
      • compresses the scanned out responses of all patterns into a final signature
where similarity ends
Where similarity ends…
  • ATPG – uses an on-chip pattern generator as a decompressor
  • BIST – uses an on-chip pseudo-random pattern generator (PRPG)
myth 1


ATPG achieves better fault coverage than logic BIST

why is that
Why is that?
  • BIST uses random test patterns:
    • Lower stuck@ faults coverage
    • Designs will require a large number of random patterns
  • Designs can be modified by inserting scan-accessed test points to increase their random pattern testability
breaking the myth
Breaking the myth
  • Empirical evidence shows that when 1 test point is added per 1,000 gates (1% overhead):
    • stuck@ fault coverages achieved with deterministic ATPG can be obtained with a reasonable number of random patterns
      • (50K to 100K range)
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Breaking the myth
  • Chip quality really depends on physical defect coverage
    • True defect coverage is proportional to the number of times each modeled fault is detected
    • Large number of random patterns results in significantly greater defect coverage than that achieved by the limited number of deterministic patterns
myth 2


ATPG approaches easily scale with growing chip sizes

what is the problem
What is the problem?
  • ATPG tools typically operate on the fully flattened netlist
    • ever-growing CPU requirements
    • growing test pattern volumes
    • significant impact on the design cycle
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What is the problem?
  • Cores can be dealt with separately by fully isolating them with scan cells
  • The resulting overhead is typically prohibitive
    • pattern volume reductions represent only in a one-time improvement
  • Hierarchical cores are made self-testable independently of other cores
  • Some patented techniques allow isolation of the core during test using little or no overhead
  • Design changes in one core do not affect the logic BIST capabilities inserted in other cores
  • A core with logic BIST can be reused “as-is” without any modifications to the existing logic BIST capabilities
more advantages
More advantages
  • BIST does not require the storage of any test pattern data or require external control of clocks
  • it can be reused during board and system level testing.
    • reduces board and system manufacturing test development costs
    • helps time-to-market through faster hardware debug
      • When a chip fails functionally in the system, it can be debugged more reliably by running BIST
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More advantages
  • BIST can also be used for dynamic burn-in
    • Parallel execution of logic BIST on all devices on a burn-in board can be achieved using only the low-speed IEEE 1149.1 interface for board-level access. Pre burn-in tests can even be applied using the burn-in board, eliminating a test insertion
  • ATPG continues to try to provide techniques to meet the testing challenges of complex designs
  • BIST capabilities originally developed to address these high-end design test has become field hardened and field proven solutions