Concurrent Autonomous Self-Test for Uncore Components in System-on-Chips

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Provided by: Carnegie Mellon University
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Concurrent autonomous self-test, or online self-test, allows a system to test itself, concurrently during normal operation, with no system downtime visible to the end-user. Online self-test is important for overcoming major reliability challenges such as early-life failures and circuit aging in future System-on-Chips (SoCs). To ensure required levels of overall reliability of SoCs, it is essential to apply online self-test to uncore components, e.g., cache controllers, DRAM controllers, and I/O controllers, in addition to processor cores. This is because uncore components can account for a significant portion of the overall logic area of a multi-core SoC. In this paper, the authors present an efficient online self-test technique for uncore components in SoCs.
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