The importance of testing integrated circuits (ICs) has escalated with the increasing complexity of circuits fabricated on a single IC chip. No longer is it possible to design a new IC and then think about testing: such considerations must be part of the initial design activity, and testing strategies should be part of every circuit and system designer's education. This book is a comprehensive introduction and reference for all aspects of IC testing. It includes all of the basic concepts and theories necessary for advanced students, from practical test strategies and industrial practice, to the economic and managerial aspects of testing. In addition to detailed coverage of digital network testing, VLSI testing also considers in depth the growing area of testing analogue and mixed analogue/digital ICs, used particularly in signal processing.
- Chapter 2: Faults in digital circuits
- Chapter 3: Digital test pattern generation
- Chapter 4: Signatures and self test
- Chapter 5: Structured design for testability (DFT) techniques
- Chapter 6: Testing of structured digital circuits and microprocessors
- Chapter 7: Analogue testing
- Chapter 8: Mixed analogue/digital system test
- Chapter 9: The economics of test and final overall summary
Stanley L Hurst began his industrial career with Westinghouse Brake and Signal Company before leaving for academia in the 1960s. Initially with the Bristol College of Science and Technology and subsequently with the University of Bath, he specialised in digital electronic teaching and research, particularly in custom microelectronics and testing. In 1985 he was recruited by the Open University to produce educational material on these subjects for industry and continuing education courses. He is currently Academic Editor, Circuits and Systems, of the Microelectronics Journal. He holds the MSc(Eng) and PhD from the University of London, the DSc from the University of Bath, and is the author of some 50 papers and eight books in his subject area.