Computer Science and Engineering, Department of


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Published in Proceedings, Fourth CSI/IEEE International Symposium on VLSI Design, 1991. doi: 10.1109/ISVD.1991.185102 Copyright 1991 IEEE. Used by permission.


We propose a novel design for testability method that enhances the controllability of storage elements by use of additional clock lines Our scheme is applicable to synchronous circuits but is otherwise transparent to the designer. The associated area and speed penalties are minimal compared to scan based methods, however, a sequential ATPG system is necessary for test generation. The basic idea Is to use independent clock lines to control disjoint groups of flip-flops. No cyclic path are permitted among the flip-flops of the same group. During testing, a selected group can be made to hold its state by disabling its clock lines In the normal mode, all clock lines carry the same system clock signal. With the appropriate partitioning of flip-flops, the length of the vector sequence produced by the test generator for a fault is drastically reduced. An n-stage binary counter is used for experimental verification of reduction in test length by the proposed technique.