AGNOSTIC VALIDATION TEST BENCH FOR EFUSE CONNECTIVITY VERIFICATION

CHAN , WEI JIAN (2017) AGNOSTIC VALIDATION TEST BENCH FOR EFUSE CONNECTIVITY VERIFICATION. Masters thesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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    Abstract

    In semiconductor industry, validation is an important process to discover design bugs and have it fixed before the product is released. Semiconductor integrated circuit is normally refreshed in yearly cadence and it is crucial to have a short design and validation cycle, without compromising the product quality. Nowadays, validation process often becomes the bottleneck for product readiness. Integrated circuit validation flow has to be improved in order to keep up with the advancement of integrated circuit design flow. In this work, an improvement method on validation flow is discussed, with particular focus on eFUSE (Electric FUSE) connectivity validation. eFUSE is a feature available in integrated circuit which functions as a central storage for important ‘settings’, and distribute them during system boot up process. eFUSE connectivity validation is needed to ensure each intellectual property is able to retrieve the correct eFUSE value. In this work, the concept of agnostic validation test bench for eFUSE connectivity validation is developed and tested the idea of it is to eliminate manual test development effort, improves validation efficiency and promotes reusability across different projects. By using this methodology, eFUSE connectivity validation time is reduced significantly and recorded an improvement of 28%. There is also an average improvement of 65% in eFUSE coverage percentage. In summary, the eFUSE connectivity validation time frame is shortened, without compromising the test quality.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical Engineering. Electronics. Nuclear Engineering > TK1-9971 Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
    Divisions: Kampus Kejuruteraan (Engineering Campus) > Pusat Pengajian Kejuruteraaan Elektrik & Elektronik (School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering) > Thesis
    Depositing User: Mr Mohd Fadli Abd Rahman
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 15:54
    Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 15:55
    URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/38350

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