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An On-Chip Memory for Testing of High-Speed Mixed-Signal Circuits
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (COE)
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mixed-signal processing systems especially data converters can be reliably tested at high frequencies using on-chip testing schemes based on memory. In this thesis, an on-chip testing strategy based on shift registers/memory (2 k bits) has been proposed for digital-to-analog converters (DACs) operating at 5 GHz. The proposed design uses word length of 8 bits in order to test DAC at high speed of 5 GHz. The proposed testing strategy has been designed in standard 65 nm CMOS technology with additional requirement of 1-V supply. This design has been implemented using Cadence IC design environment.

The additional advantage of the proposed testing strategy is that it requires lower number of I/O pins and avoids the large number of high speed I/O pads. It therefore also solves the problem of the bandwidth limitation that is associated with I/O transmission paths. The design of the on-chip tester based on memory contains no analog block and is implemented entirely in digital domain. In the proposed design, low frequency of 1 MHz has been used outside the chip to load the data into the memory during the write mode. During the read mode, the frequency of 625 MHz is used to read the data from the memory. A multiplexing system is used to reuse the stored data during read mode to test the intended functionality and performance. In order to convert the parallel data into serial data at high frequency at the memory output, serializer has been used. By using the frequencies of 1.25 GHz and 2.5 GHz, the serializer speeds up the data from the lower frequency of 625 MHz to the highest frequency of 5 GHz in order to test DAC at 5 GHz.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 101 p.
Keyword [en]
On-chip memory, Testing of high-speed MSPS circuits, Shift register, Clock divider, Clock multiplexing, Serializer, Multiplexer, Synchronous sequential circuits, Timing and clocking, CMOS, DFF, TFF, SIPO, PISO.
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103800ISRN: LiTH-ISY-EX--13/4738--SEOAI: diva2:691457
Subject / course
Electronic Devices
2013-12-17, SYSTEMET, Linköping University, Linköping City, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-01-30 Created: 2014-01-27 Last updated: 2014-01-30Bibliographically approved

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