Modeling and Simulation of Time Domain Faults in Digital Systems

Seminar | 336 | 16:00

João Paulo Cacho Teixeira,



The purpose of this seminar is to present and discuss novel modeling and fault simulation techniques for two types of dynamic faults in digital systems: transient power supply voltage drops and transient delays in logic elements or signals paths. Techniques and tools currently used for permanent faults are reused for dynamic (permanent) and intermittent faults. For transient power supply voltage drops, two approaches are proposed: delay fault injection in all logic elements of the CUT (Circuit Under Test), or modulation of the clock and observation rate. For transient delays (e.g., SEU), single delay injection is performed at logic element level. Delay modulation is carried out by fault injection using the PLI interface of the commercial Verilog simulation tool, from Cadence. Preliminary results, using an ISCAS’85 benchmark circuit, show that CUTs with long critical paths are very sensitive to power supply transients. Moreover, a pseudo-random test pattern can be used to identify the dependence of the CUT sensitivity to delay faults on defect size, for a given clock period.


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