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We consider issues related to the reduction of scan test data in designs with multiple scan chains. We propose a metric that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of procedures for reducing the scan data volume. The metric compares the achieved compression to the compression which is intrinsic to the use of multiple scan chains. We also propose a(More)
Given a test set for stuck-at faults of a combinational circuit or a full-scan sequential circuit, some of the primary input values may be changed to the opposite logic values without losing fault coverage. We can regard such input values as don't care (X). In this paper, we propose a method for identifying the X inputs of test vectors in a given test set.(More)
At-speed scan testing may suffer from severe yield loss due to the launch safety problem, where test responses are invalidated by excessive launch switching activity (LSA) caused by test stimulus launching in the at-speed test cycle. However, previous low-power test generation techniques can only reduce LSA to some extent but cannot guarantee launch safety.(More)
X-filling is preferred for low-capture-power scan test generation, since it reduces IR-drop-induced yield loss without the need of any circuit modification. However, the effectiveness of previous X-filling methods suffers from lack of guidance in selecting targets and values for X-filling. This paper addresses this problem with a highly-guided X-filling(More)
Launch-Off-Capture (LOC) and Launch-Off-Shift (LOS) are the two main test schemes for at-speed scan delay testing. In [1, 2], authors proposed a comparison between LOC and LOS, showing that LOS has higher performance than LOC in terms of fault coverage and test length, but higher peak power consumption during the launch-to-capture cycle. This shows the(More)