Testing of electronic circuits (Modul D)

Higher education teachers: Žemva Andrej
Credits: 6
Semester: summer
Subject code: 64265S

Subject description


Enrolment in the 1st year of 2nd cycle master study programme in Electrical Engineering, basic knowledge of electronic circuits.

Content (Syllabus outline):

INTRODUCTION: Role of testing, digital, analog and mixed signal test, VLSI technology trends affecting testing.

VLSI TESTING PROCESS AND TEST EQUIPMENT: How to test chips? Types of testing, automatic test equipment.

TEST ECONOMICS AND PRODUCT QUALITY: Test economics, costs of testing, yield, defect level, defect level estimation.

FAULT MODELING: Types of defects, faults and errors, functional and structural testing, single stuck-at and multiple faults model, bridging fault model.

LOGIC AND FAULT SIMULATION: Circuit modelling for logic simulation at different levels, algorithms for logic simulation, algorithms for fault simulation.

AUTOMATIC TEST-PATTER GENERATION: Definition of test-pattern generator, redundancy identification, systems for automatic test pattern generation, testing of synchronous and asynchronous sequential circuits.

MEMORY TEST: Failure analysis, test methods of memory devices.

ANALOG AND MIXED-SIGNAL TEST: Functional DSP-based testing, test methods of ADC and DAC devices, model-based testing.

DELAY TEST: Delay test problem, delay test methodologies, practical considerations in delay testing.

TEST IDDQ: IDDQ test principle and survey of IDDQ methods, effectiveness and limitations of IDDQ test.

DESIGN FOR TESTABILITY: DFT methods and DFT rules, scan design rules, scan and partial-scan design, variations of scan designs.

BUILT-IN SELF-TEST (BIST): The economic case of BIST, test-pattern generation for BIST, test points insertion, memory BIST.

BOUNDARY SCAN STANDARD: Purpose of standard, circuit configuration with boundary standard IEEE 1149.1 (JTAG), analog test bus (ATB), targeted analog faults, boundary scan in analog circuits.

SYSTEM TEST: System test and core based design, functional and diagnostic test (fault dictionary, diagnostic tree, a microprocessor system test example), test architecture for system-on-a-chip (SOC).

Objectives and competences:

  • to acquire the knowledge of reasons for circuit defects, errors and faults, their detection and diagnosis,
  • knowledge on fault modelling for various design errors and circuit implementation defects,
  • knowledge of fault simulation and automatic test-pattern generation algorithms,
  • knowledge of algorithms and methods for delay testing,
  • to master techniques for circuit design for testability,
  • practical approaches of design and test of electronic circuits.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • fundamental knowledge of circuit testing,
  • understanding of testing role in design and implementation of electronic circuits,
  • self-dependence by selecting the proper testing method and ability to test and fault diagnosis,
  • knowledge of design for testability,
  • knowledge of further studies on advanced circuit design and test.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • lectures (slides and blackboard)
  • laboratory assignments (hands on fault detection and fault diagnosis in digital, analog and mixed-signal integratedcircuits.

Study materials

  1. GIZOPOULOS, Dimitris (Ed.). Advances in Electronic Testing: Challenges and Methodologies, Springer, 2006.
  2. WUNDERLICH, Hans-Joachim. Models in Hardware Testing, Springer Verlag, 2010.
  3. BUSHNELL, Michael, AGRAWAL, Wishwani. Essentials of Electronic Testing for Digital, Memory and Mixed Signal VLSI Circuits, Springer Publishing Company, 2013.
  4. NAVABI, Zainalabedi. Digital System Test and Testable Design: Using HDL Models and Architectures, Springer, 2011.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Information and Communication Technologies
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Control Systems and Computer Engineering
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Electrical Power Engineering
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Electronics
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Mechatronics
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Robotics