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Testability Support in a Co-design Environment - COTEST

Project of the EC Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme

Project Description

New techniques from the hardware and software test areas are now available, which are potentially able to tackle the test problem early in the system design cycle. The main objective of the project is to assess whether these new techniques (whose application has up to now been limited to RT-level descriptions) can be suitably extended to provide the designer with some support concerning test issues when a behavioral-level description of the system is available, only. If successful, the project will lead to a new generation of system-level tools able to evaluate different design alternatives not only in terms of performance, area, and power, but also in terms of their testability, i.e., of area and time overhead required to reach a given fault coverage. The new environments will be able to support the designer in the introduction of suitable Design-for-Testability structures, and in the automatic generation of input stimula for both manufacturing testing, and design correctness validation.

Project Partners:

Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Electronic CAD & Reliability Group
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESLAB)


  • WP1 - Benchmark identification
  • WP2 - Test sequence generation
  • WP3 - Test oriented system modification
  • WP4 - Final evaluation of project results

Official Meetings

Fringe Meetings

  • At DCIS'01 - Porto, Portugal. November 2001.

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