Scheduling Tests for 3D Stacked Chips Under Power Constraints
6th International Symposium on Electronic Design, Test and Applications (DELTA 2011), Queenstown, New Zealand, January 17-19, 2011.
This paper addresses Test Application Time (TAT) reduction for core-based 3D Stacked ICs (SICs). Applying traditional test scheduling methods used for non-stacked chip testing where the same test schedule is applied both at wafer test and at final test to SICs, leads to unnecessarily high TAT. This is because the final test of 3D-SICs includes the testing of all the stacked chips. A key challenge in 3D-SIC testing is to reduce TAT by co-optimizing the wafer test and the final test while meeting power constraints. We consider a system of chips with cores equipped with dedicated Built-In-Self-Test (BIST)-engines and propose a test scheduling approach to reduce TAT while meeting the power constraints. Depending on the test schedule, the control lines that are required for BIST can be shared among several BIST engines. This is taken into account in the test scheduling approach and experiments show significant savings in TAT.
[SIL11] Breeta SenGupta, Urban Ingelsson, Erik Larsson, "Scheduling Tests for 3D Stacked Chips Under Power Constraints", 6th International Symposium on Electronic Design, Test and Applications (DELTA 2011), Queenstown, New Zealand, January 17-19, 2011.