Broad-Brush Compaction for Sequential Test Generation
Test sequences that do not use scan chains have several advantages as manufacturing tests. Test sequences can be produced by sequential test generation procedures, and static test compaction can be applied to reduce the length of the sequence without losing fault coverage. A typical sequential test generation procedure that produces a single test sequence concatenates test subsequences to form the test sequence. Existing static test compaction procedures ignore the construction of the sequence from subsequences and consider every test vector individually for omission. This brief introduces a broad-brush static test compaction procedure that considers entire subsequences for omission to achieve test compaction. As additional subsequences are concatenated, subsequences concatenated earlier may become unnecessary. The procedure described in this brief identifies this situation. The advantage of a broad-brush approach is a low computational effort, which is demonstrated by experimental results for benchmark circuits.
Nonscan tests, sequential test generation, static test compaction, test sequence.