Issue No.05 - May (2008 vol.57)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TC.2007.70835
Word-organized memories are typically tested by repeatedly applying a test for bit-oriented memories using different data backgrounds (which depend on the used intra-word fault model), resulting in limited fault coverage. In this paper a new approach for testing word-organized memories is presented, that systematically converts tests for bit-organized memories to tests for word-organized memories. The implementation of the proposed scheme in hardware is based on an ALU whose inputs are driven by a barrel shifter. Since such modules commonly exist in current chips, the hardware overhead of the scheme is extremely low.
Semiconductor Memories, Reliability, Testing and Fault-Tolerance, Test generation, Built-In Tests, Memory control and access
Ioannis Voyiatzis, "An ALU-Based BIST Scheme for Word-Organized RAMs", IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol.57, no. 5, pp. 577-590, May 2008, doi:10.1109/TC.2007.70835