Enhanced IEEE 1500 test wrapper for testing small RAMs in SOCs
IEEE 1500 test wrapper wraps logic cores in system-on-chips (SOCs) for the core test and isolation. On the other hand, random access memory (RAM) cores are typically tested using the built-in self-test (BIST) circuit instead of using the IEEE 1500 test wrapper. But, RAM cores are usually connected to logic cores. This paper proposes an enhanced IEEE 1500 test wrapper to support the testing of the RAM core attached to the test wrapper. Furthermore, the memories attached to the enhanced IEEE 1500 test wrappers can be tested in parallel. Simulation results show that the additional area cost for upgrading the IEEE 1500 test wrapper to an enhanced one is only about 0.88% for a 1024 × 64-bit RAM.