Integration of Physical Reliability Knowledge into the Design of VLSI-Circuits


Geest, D.C.L. van and Hoeksma, R.H. and Brombacher, A.C. and Herrmann, O.E. (1993) Integration of Physical Reliability Knowledge into the Design of VLSI-Circuits. In: 31st Annual International Reliability Physics Symposium, 23-25 March 1993, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (pp. pp. 81-86).

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Abstract:A systematic approach for modeling failure mechanisms on the circuit level and for using these models for optimization of both reliability and functionability is presented. Since optimization is done using a CAD system, it is possible to carry out such an optimization in a very early stage of the design process. The stress factors of the failure mechanisms are calculated using a circuit simulator and the effect of internal and external tolerances is incorporated in the simulation. From these results the sensitivity of failure behavior for so-called designable parameters on circuit level is determined. This information is used to optimize the design toward minimum occurrence of failures. For functional demands the same methodology is used
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