Combined Self-Test of Analog Portion and ADCs in Integrated Mixed-Signal Circuits

Geng HU
Shiyuan YANG

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E91-D    No.8    pp.2134-2140
Publication Date: 2008/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e91-d.8.2134
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Dependable Computing
mixed-signal circuit,  analog,  ADC,  oscillation,  histogram test,  

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Testing is a critical stage in integrated circuits production in order to guarantee reliability. The complexity and high integration level of mixed-signal ICs has put forward new challenges to circuit testing. This paper describes an oscillation-based combined self-test strategy for the analog portion and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) in integrated mixed-signal circuits. In test mode, the analog portion under test is reconfigured into an oscillator, generating periodic signals as the test stimulus of ADC. By analyzing the A/D conversion results, a histogram test of ADC can be performed, and the oscillation frequency as well as amplitude can be checked, and in this way the oscillation test of the analog portion is realized simultaneously. For an analog benchmark circuit combined with an ADC, triangle oscillation and sinusoid oscillation schemes are both given to test their faults. Experimental results show that fault coverage of the analog portion is 92.2% and 94.3% in the two schemes respectively, and faults in the ADC can also be tested.