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Issue No. 03 - July-September (1999 vol. 16)
ISSN: 0740-7475
pp: 102-111
This article describes a methodology for testing a high-performance serial bus interface commonly referred to as FireWire. FireWire is specified by the IEEE 1394 standard and offered by IC manufacturers in various scalable configurations. In general, this low-cost device provides a high-speed data path between various systems and products such as PCs and video devices. FireWire is also usable as a backplane bus interconnect, and ASIC manufacturers offer FireWire standard cells for use in custom device designs. Tester and implementation costs must be reasonable, execution time short, and test results accurate to assure cost-effective production. The methodology described in this article fulfills these goals with a minimum of compromises to the ideal solution. A PLCC device with an 8-bit parallel port and multiple serial ports on an Advantest T6681 VLSI Logic Test System validated this methodology.

L. Melatti and B. Blancha, "Testing Methodology for FireWire," in IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 16, no. , pp. 102-111, 1999.
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