By Gordon Roberts, Friedrich Taenzler, Mark Burns
Built-in circuits incorporating either electronic and analog capabilities became more and more commonly used within the semiconductor undefined. Mixed-signal IC try out and dimension has grown right into a hugely really good box of electric engineering. despite the fact that, try engineering continues to be a comparatively unknown occupation in comparison to IC layout engineering. It has develop into tougher to rent and teach new engineers to turn into expert mixed-signal attempt engineers. The sluggish studying curve for mixed-signal try out engineers is essentially as a result scarcity of written fabrics and university-level classes as regards to mixed-signal checking out. whereas many textbooks were dedicated to the topic of electronic try out and testability, an identical can't be acknowledged for analog and mixed-signal automatic try out and measurement.An advent to Mixed-Signal IC try out and dimension is a textbook for complex undergraduate and graduate-level scholars in addition to engineering pros. It used to be written according to the lack of uncomplicated direction fabric for mixed-signal try out and size. The e-book assumes an excellent historical past in analog and electronic circuits in addition to a operating wisdom of pcs and machine programming. A historical past in electronic sign processing and statistical research can be worthy, although now not completely necessary.This textual content encompasses the checking out of either analog and mixed-signal circuits together with many borderline examples. electronic checking out is roofed, yet no longer as largely as a result of wealth of data in this subject already to be had. Examples and illustrations utilizing cutting-edge business know-how improve and liven up the presentation all through. In contemplating the purposes of this know-how, the checking out of large-scale mixed-signal circuits and person circuits is brought. The value-added advantages of mixed-signal IC trying out to a manufacturer's product are basically mentioned, and the function of the try out engineer is obviously outlined.
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Extra info for An Introduction to Mixed-Signal IC Test and Measurement
The experiencedtest engineer serves a critical role in helping to define what kinds of circuits can be most efficiently tested. Many of the features listed in the device description and principles of operation do not result in measurementsof electrical parameters. These features are verified using what is often referredto as a go/no-go test or functional test. Functional tests result in a simple pass/fail result with no numerical reading. Parametric tests, by comparison, are those that return a value that mustbe compared against one or more test limits to determine pass/fail results.
Product and test engineers must work very closelyto make sure that the reducedtest list still catchesall manufacturing defects. 1 Automated Test Equipment Automatedtest equipment is available from a number of commercial vendors, such as Teradyne, LTX, Agilent Technologies, and Schlumberger, to name a few. The Teradyne, Inc. 12. High-end ATE testers often consist of three major components:a test head, a workstation. and the mainframe. 12. ). The computer workstation serves as the user interface to the tester.
Test modes are added to the design to allow accessto internal circuit nodes that otherwise would be unobservable in production testing. These observability test modes can be very useful in diagnosing device design flaws. Chapter1 . Overviewof Mixed-SignalTesting 17 After the test modes are defined, the test engineer begins working on a test plan while the designprocesscontinues. Initially, the main purpose of a test plan is to allow design engineers and test engineersto agree upon a set of tests that will guaranteethe quality of a product once it is in production.