The paper is dealing with the in-field test of the decode unit of RISC processors through functional test programs following the SBST approach. The paper details a strategy based on instruction classification and manipulation, and signatures collection. The method does not require the knowledge of detailed implementation information (e.g., the netlist), but is based on the Instruction Set of the processor. The proposed method is evaluated on an industrial SoC device, which includes a PowerPC derived processor. Results demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of the strategy; the proposed solution reaches over 90% of stuck-at fault coverage while an instruction coverage based approach does not overcome 70%.

On the in-Field Functional Testing of Decode Units in Pipelined RISC Processors / Bernardi, Paolo; Cantoro, Riccardo; Ciganda, Lyl Mercedes; Sanchez Sanchez, Edgar Ernesto; Sonza Reorda, Matteo; S., De Luca; R., Meregalli; A., Sansonetti. - ELETTRONICO. - (2014), pp. 298-303. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI and Nanotechnology Systems (DFT) tenutosi a Amsterdam nel OCT. 1-3, 2014 [10.1109/DFT.2014.6962090].

On the in-Field Functional Testing of Decode Units in Pipelined RISC Processors

BERNARDI, PAOLO;CANTORO, RICCARDO;CIGANDA, LYL MERCEDES;SANCHEZ SANCHEZ, EDGAR ERNESTO;SONZA REORDA, Matteo;
2014

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The paper is dealing with the in-field test of the decode unit of RISC processors through functional test programs following the SBST approach. The paper details a strategy based on instruction classification and manipulation, and signatures collection. The method does not require the knowledge of detailed implementation information (e.g., the netlist), but is based on the Instruction Set of the processor. The proposed method is evaluated on an industrial SoC device, which includes a PowerPC derived processor. Results demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of the strategy; the proposed solution reaches over 90% of stuck-at fault coverage while an instruction coverage based approach does not overcome 70%.
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