Longest Path Selection for Delay Test Under Process Variation**This research was supported in part by the SRC grant 000-TJ-844, NSF grants CCR-0098329, CCR-0113668, EIA-0223785, and ATP grant 512-0266-2001. Conference Paper uri icon


  • Under manufacturing process variation, a path through a fault site is called longest for delay test if there exists a process condition under which the path has the maximum delay among all paths through that fault site. There are often multiple longest paths for each fault site in the circuit, due to different process conditions. To detect the smallest delay fault, it is necessary to test all longest paths through the fault site. However, previous methods are either inefficient or their results include too many paths that are not longest. This paper presents an efficient method to generate the longest path set for delay test under process variation. To capture both structural and systematic process correlation, we use linear delay functions to express path delays under process variation. A novel path-pruning technique is proposed to discard paths that are not longest, resulting in a significantly reduction in the number of paths compared with the previous best method. The new method can be applied to any process variation as long as its impact on delay is linear.

author list (cited authors)

  • Lu, X., Li, Z., Qiu, W., Walker, D., & Shi, W.

citation count

  • 29

publication date

  • January 2004