Fault-Driven Testing of LSI Analog Circuits
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Analog circuits are usually tested by checking if their specifications are satisfied. This methodology is very costly. We attempt to reduce production testing time by presecuting a fault- driven methodology to handle LSI analog circuits in this paper. A fault-driven methodology has to be able to detect both parametric and catastrophic faults. For statistical performance simulation to detect parametric faults, we propose a two level approach because of the high cost of simulating LSI analog circuits statistically, where a set of primary statistical variables are first mapped to block performances by empirical models, derived by statistical regression techniques and then mapped to system performances using a behavioral simulator. For catastrophic fault simulation, open and short circuits are mapped to distortions in block performances by simulation and then mapped to system performances using a behavioral simulator. Using our statistical simulation technique for parametric variations and our fault simulation technique for catastrophic faults, we will minimize testing time using the algorithm in  by eliminating unnecessary specification tests and optimizing the order of tests. The effectiveness and fault coverage of block level testing are also investigated.