Date of Original Version



Conference Proceeding

Abstract or Description

The COSMOS symbolic fault simulator generates test sets for combinational and sequential MOS circuits represented at the switch level. All aspects of switch-level networks including bidirectional transistors, stored charge, different signal strengths, and indeterminate (X) logic values are captured. To generate tests for a circuit, the program derives Boolean functions representing the behavior of the good and faulty circuits over a sequence of symbolic input patterns. It then determines a set of assignments to the input variables that will detect all faults. Symbolic simulation provides a natural framework for the user to supply an overall test strategy, letting the program determine the detailed conditions to detect a set of faults. Symbolic preprocessing of switch-level networks, combined with efficient Boolean manipulation makes this approach feasible.





Published In

Proceedings of the 26th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference. DAC '89., 418-423.