Journal of Electronic Testing

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 59–73

Optimization-based multifrequency test generation for analog circuits

  • A. Abderrahman
  • B. Kaminska
  • E. Cerny

DOI: 10.1007/BF00137565

Cite this article as:
Abderrahman, A., Kaminska, B. & Cerny, E. J Electron Test (1996) 9: 59. doi:10.1007/BF00137565


A robust test set for analog circuits has to detect faults under maximal masking effects due to variations of circuit parameters in their tolerance box. In this paper we propose an optimization based multifrequency test generation method for detecting parametric faults in linear analog circuits. Given a set of performances and a frequency range, our approach selects the test frequencies that maximize the observability on a circuit performance of a parameter deviation under the worst masking effects of normal variations of the other parameters. Experimental results are provided and validated by HSpice simulations to illustrate the proposed approach.


multifrequency test generationparametric faultstolerance effectsfault observability maximization

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Abderrahman
    • 1
  • B. Kaminska
    • 3
  • E. Cerny
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de Génie Électrique et d'InformatiqueEcole Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Département d'Informatique et de Recherche OpérationnelleUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Département de Génie Électrique et d'InformatiqueEcole Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada