The increase in the size and complexity of circuits on a chip with little or no increase in the number of Input/Output pins has made the need for testing ever more important. The test must detect failures in individual units, as well as failures caused by defective manufacturing processes. Random defects that go undetected may result in expensive recalls and also endanger the public, since digital logic devices have become pervasive in products that affect public safety, including applications such as transportation and human implants among others. This thoroughly revised edition of the author's popular textbook first published in 1985 has been updated to include coverage of: BDDs (binary decision diagrams) and Cycle based simulation; Tester architectures/STIL (Standard Test Interface Language); Hardware Design Language (HDL) rather than pseudocode; and Behavioral ATPG (automatic test pattern generation).
ALEXANDER MICZO, PhD, has lectured extensively, both domestically and abroad, and is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University.