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Synopsys STAR Webinar, embedded memory test and repair solutions

Synopsys STAR Webinar, embedded memory test and repair solutions
by Eric Esteve on 09-12-2011 at 8:16 am

The acquisitions of Virage Logic by Synopsys in 2010, have allowed building a stronger, diversified IP port-folio, including the embedded SRAM, embedded non-volatile memory and embedded test and repair solution. Looking back in time, I remember the end of the 80’s: at that time the up-to-date solution to embed SRAM in your ASIC design was to use a compiler, provided by the ASIC vendor, implement the SRAM, and develop yourself the test vectors. In 2000, most of the ASIC vendors were externally sourcing the SRAM compiler (to Virage Logic…), the ASIC designers were taking benefit of faster, denser memories with Built-In-Self-Test (BIST) integrated. But that was not enough, as the SRAM, becoming very large, may have a negative impact on the yield of the ASIC. Then, in 2002, Virage Logic has introduced the repair capability with the STAR product (for Self-Test and Repair).

To register to this STAR Webinar, just go here.

Specifically, the DesignWare Self-Test and Repair (STAR) Memory System consists of:

  • Test and repair register transfer level (RTL) IP, such as STAR Processor, wrapper compiler, shared fuse processor and synthesizable TAP controller
  • Design automation tools such as STAR Builder for automated insertion of RTL and STAR Verifier for automated test bench generation
  • Manufacturing automation tools such as STAR Vector Generator for automated generation of WGL/STIL and programmability in patterns, and STAR Silicon Debugger for rapid isolation, localization and classification of faults
  • An open memory model for all memories. In order to generate DesignWare STAR Memory System views, Synopsys provides the MASIS memory description language. In addition a MASIS compiler is available to memory developers to automate generation and verification of the memory behavioral and structural description
  • The DesignWare STAR ECC IP, which offers a highly automated design implementation and test diagnostic flow that enables SoC designers to quickly address multiple transient errors in advanced automotive, aerospace and high-end computing designs

This webinar will be hold by Yervant Zorian, Chief Architect for embedded test & repair products line and Sandeep Kaushik, the Product Marketing Manager for the Embedded Memory Test and Repair product line at Synopsys. They will explain:

  • The technical trends and challenges associated with embedded test, repair and diagnostics in today’s designs.
  • The trade-offs and design impact of various solutions.
  • How Synopsys’ DesignWare® STAR Memory System® can meet your embedded test, repair and diagnostics needs.

They will tell you why STAR can lead to:
Increased Profit Margin

  • The DesignWare STAR Memory System can enable an increase of the native die yield through memory repair, leading to increased profit margins

Predictable High Quality with Substantial Reduction in Manufacturing Test Costs Shorter Time-to-Volume

  • The DesignWare STAR Memory System has superior diagnostics capabilities to enable quick bring up of working silicon, thereby enabling manufacturing to quickly ramp to volume production. The DesignWare STAR Memory System also has automated test bench capabilities and a proven validation flow to ensure a successful bring up of first silicon on the automatic test equipment

Minimum Impact on Design Characteristics (Performance, Power and Area)

  • Because the test and repair system is transparently integrated within the DesignWare STAR Memory System, it ensures minimal impact on timing and area and allows designers to quickly achieve timing closure. This advanced embedded test automation can reduce insertion time by weeks

To register to this STAR Webinar, just go here.

Eric Esteve

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