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Built-In Self-Test of Embedded SEU Detection Cores in Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGAs

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Executive Summary

A Built-In Self-Test (BIST) approach is presented for the Internal Configuration Access Port (ICAP) and Frame Error Correcting Code (ECC) logic cores embedded in Xilinx Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The Frame ECC logic facilitates the detection of Single Event Upsets (SEUs) in the FPGA configuration memory. The ICAP provides read and write access to the configuration memory from within the FPGA fabric, enabling embedded dynamic reconfiguration and fault-tolerant applications with memory scrubbing. Therefore, the fault-free operation of the ICAP and Frame ECC logic is critical for space and fault-tolerant applications that require detection and repair of SEUs.

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