For many years, the dominant fault model in automatic test pattern gen- eration (ATPG) for digital integrated circuits has been the stuck-at fault model. The static nature of stuck-at fault testing when compared to the extremely dynamic nature of integrated circuit (IC) technology has caused many to question whether or not stuck-at fault based testing is still viable. Attempts at answering this question have not been wholly satisfying due to a lack of true quantification, statistical significance, and/or high computational expense. In this monograph we introduce a methodology to address the ques- tion in a manner which circumvents the drawbacks of previous approaches. The method is based on symbolic Boolean functional analyses using Or- dered Binary Decision Diagrams (OBDDs). OBDDs have been conjectured to be an attractive representation form for Boolean functions, although cases ex- ist for which their complexity is guaranteed to grow exponentially with input cardinality. Classes of Boolean functions which exploit the efficiencies inherent in OBDDs to a very great extent are examined in Chapter 7. Exact equa- tions giving their OBDD sizes are derived, whereas until very recently only size bounds have been available. These size equations suggest that straight- forward applications of OBDDs to design and test related problems may not prove as fruitful as was once thought.
Series: The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 31st October 1991
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.88