Employing a test platform in an SOC design to execute test procedures can greatly simplify many SOC test problems. It, however, would require tremendous human efforts if the test platform would be generated manually. In this paper, we describe a design automation system, called DASTEP (Design Automation System for SOC Test Platform), that is aimed to help users build a test platform and incorporate their IP designs into the platform. DASTEP provides an interactive mode to allow users to modify individual IP cores into 1149.1- or 1500-compatible ones and integrate them into the test platform. For a hierarchical core, DASTEP can synthesize a hierarchical test control architecture such that each core in the hierarchy can be efficiently tested in a 1149.1-compatible manner. All of the test procedures using this test platform are carried out on the chip through the cooperation of an embedded processor that usually exists in an SOC design and a dedicated test-access-mechanism (TAM) controller that can be automatically generated. Appropriate simulation environment that allows the simulation of the entire test flow is also created in conjunction with the generation of the test hardware/software, hence the verification of both core design and test plan can be readily carried out. A friendly graphic user interface tool is also developed that can greatly simplify the generation and simulation of the test platform.
With the increase complexity, many problems happened in SoC Design Manufacture bugs Test problems Too many pins Too many registers For effective debugging, a SW/HW base platform is needed Trace HW information, show with SW GUI Automatic method is necessary
This Paper SoC testing architectures - Software-base testing- SOC test platform concept Scan-base HW method Test platform Real case
SW/HW Co-Debug Bus Tracer Debug Platform SW Debug HW Debug Platform Case ARM CoreSight DASTEP Embedded processor base test platform Low cost test platform This paper SW/HW Co- debug platform
1.Functionally test the embedded processor. 2.Built-in self-test or functionally test (i.e., using a test program) the embedded memory 3. Functionally test design- for-testability components. 4. Load a block of test data from external memory to embedded memory. 5. Set up test status of the TAM controller. 6. Apply test data and perform core-level testing. 7. Verify test responses. 8. Repeat Steps 4 to 7 until all blocks of test data are processed.
Break-Point Setup Controller Generate 1149.1 control signal for scan Calculated address and allows TAM controller to access memory Send enable signal to core while TAM like a slave For scan wrapper setup and output
The paper propose a automation system to help user build a test environment - DASTEP HW part TAMC 1500WRAPPER TAPC SW part Test program for each part in system
Automation is a important issue User just need click Those papers give me some idea In GUI Function Display Steps to build a platform We have Tracer, open OCD, checker, wrapper-ICE, ICE…etc We dont have Integrated GUI, platform controller, Mechanism