Shrinking Wide Compressors

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Quite often built-in self-test (BIST) designs make use of multiple-input signature registers (MISR's) to compress the test data. Normally a MISR includes a stage for every signal that it is sampling. In some applications this leads to very wide MISR's that may include several hundred stages. Wide MISR's pose problems in terms of hardware and wiring overhead. Shorter compressors are, therefore, needed. This paper investigates the problem of shrinking an MISR so that it samples multiple signals at every stage. The ultimate shrinkage occurs when only the parity of the sampled signals is compressed. This is the case when a MISR is replaced by a single-input signature register (SISR). Issues like detection probability loss, test length penalty, and fault coverage degradation are some of the disadvantages that may arise from the MISR shrinkage. Minimizing the effect of these issues is a precondition to the success of this method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1379-1387
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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