Technologies
PDF


WARF: P06048US

Progressive Random Access Scan Circuitry


INVENTORS -

Kewal Saluja, Dong Hyun Baik

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing a new integrated circuit test, which functions like RAS but requires less expensive hardware.
OVERVIEWVery large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits are tested before use to evaluate reliability and performance. The two most common testing methods are serial-scan and random access scan (RAS). The serial-scan test is the most common, but for circuits with many transistors, it can require too much time and power consumption, often costing more to test than to create the product. RAS identifies transistors in a matrix so it can address each individually, resulting in a faster, less expensive test, but requiring expensive hardware.
THE INVENTIONUW-Madison researchers have developed a method and circuitry for a new integrated circuit test, called Progressive Random Access Scan (PRAS), which functions like RAS but requires less expensive hardware. PRAS combines the matrix-based data access method of RAS with the architecture of serial-scan. A static random access memory cell is hybridized with a storage element, combining functions used in RAS so that PRAS requires less space, time and energy.
APPLICATIONS
  • Testing VLSI circuits
KEY BENEFITS
  • Provides all the benefits of RAS at about the same cost as serial-scan tests
  • Reduces test application time, data volume and power consumption
  • Can test any type of circuit
  • Allows resumption of test sequence after taking a snap-shot of circuit state
  • Allows easier diagnosis of problems in circuit
  • Can read circuit state without destroying it
  • Operates in test mode or storage mode
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For More Information About the Inventors
Contact Information
For current licensing status, please contact Jeanine Burmania at jeanine@warf.org or 608-960-9846.
The WARF Advantage

Since its founding in 1925 as the patenting and licensing organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WARF has been working with business and industry to transform university research into products that benefit society. WARF intellectual property managers and licensing staff members are leaders in the field of university-based technology transfer. They are familiar with the intricacies of patenting, have worked with researchers in relevant disciplines, understand industries and markets, and have negotiated innovative licensing strategies to meet the individual needs of business clients.