Power-constrained Testing of VLSI Circuits

  • Nicola Nicolici
  • Bashir M. Al-Hashimi

Part of the Frontiers in Electronic Testing book series (FRET, volume 22B)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Paul M. Rosinger, Bashir M. Al-Hashimi, Nicola Nicolici
    Pages 139-157
  3. Pages 159-161
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 163-178

About this book


Minimization of power dissipation in very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits is important to improve reliability and reduce packaging costs. While many techniques have investigated power minimization during the functional (normal) mode of operation, it is important to examine the power dissipation during the test circuit activity is substantially higher during test than during functional operation. For example, during the execution of built-in self-test (BIST) in-field sessions, excessive power dissipation can decrease the reliability of the circuit under test due to higher temperature and current density.

Power-Constrained Testing of VLSI Circuits focuses on techniques for minimizing power dissipation during test application at logic and register-transfer levels of abstraction of the VLSI design flow. The first part of this book surveys the existing techniques for power constrained testing of VLSI circuits. In the second part, several test automation techniques for reducing power in scan-based sequential circuits and BIST data paths are presented.


Standard VLSI algorithms architecture automation drift transistor integrated circuit logic model modeling packaging testing

Authors and affiliations

  • Nicola Nicolici
    • 1
  • Bashir M. Al-Hashimi
    • 2
  1. 1.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.University of SouthamptonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-7235-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48731-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0929-1296
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