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Built-In Self-Test for Input/Output Tiles in Field Programmable Gate Arrays




Lerner, Lee

Type of Degree



Electrical and Computer Engineering


Very large scale integration (VLSI) circuits use input/output (I/O) cells to both send and receive signals from external resources. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and System-on-Chips (SoCs) with FPGA cores offer increasingly complex I/O cell resources with new generations of device architectures. I/O cells can often be grouped together to form I/O tiles that can support even more complex features. The ever increasing complexity of I/O tiles is indicative of the need for a reliable testing methodology to ensure the functionality of device resources. Built-in self-test (BIST) is one such testing methodology that incorporates the testing circuitry with the device under test. A total of 78 BIST configurations are developed to test the I/O tile logic resources and supported I/O standards in Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs. The BIST configurations are implemented and verified on Virtex-4 FPGAs. The BIST configurations are generated for all Virtex-4 FPGAs. The general BIST approach presented in this thesis is applicable to any FPGA or SoC with a FPGA core. The BIST approach can be used for both manufacturing and system level testing for I/O tiles with both bonded and unbonded I/O buffers.