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Mentor improves BITS tool for Artisan embedded memories

Posted: 13 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mentor graphics? mbistarchitect? built-in self-test? embedded memories? artisan components?

Mentor Graphics Corp. has enhanced its MBISTArchitect built-in self-test (BIST) tool to provide thorough on-chip testing for embedded memories generated by Artisan Components Inc. In addition, Artisan has recognized the MBISTArchitect tool as a qualified BIST solution for testing its embedded memories and facilitating its Flex-Repair redundancy solution for yield improvement. This collaboration will enable joint customers to employ a high quality test, diagnostic and repair strategy for all their embedded memory needs.

Artisan developed a detailed and comprehensive set of tests specifically targeted for its embedded memories. Mentor Graphics worked closely with Artisan to incorporate complete support of these tests within the MBISTArchitect tool. This collaborative effort enables more efficient, higher quality memory testing. Artisan's Flex-Repair Redundancy solution provides the ability to correct most prevalent types of memory faults. The MBISTArchitect tool supports the Flex-Repair solution, facilitating the diagnosis and repair process.

The MBISTArchitect tool features complete at-speed test and diagnostic capabilities for improved detection of nanometer defects. Its unique at-speed operation, MBIST Full-Speed, enables the tool to run the Artisan-recommended memory tests at-speed. Using a patented pipelining architecture, the tool has been applied to memories that have operating speeds approaching 1GHz.

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