Better testing with Mentor’s Defectsim

22.12.2016 -

Mentor Graphics’ new Tessent Defectsim product measures the defect coverage of any test applied to an analog or mixed-signal circuit. This capability improves the quality and reliability of analog and mixed-signal circuits through the selection of more effective tests and reduces the cost of test by showing which tests do not increase coverage. Tessent Defectsim satisfies the growing defect-coverage measurement requirement for automotive ICs set by Tier 1 automotive suppliers.

Tessent Defectsim works with Mentor’s Eldo and Questa ADMS circuit simulators to measure the effects of opens, shorts, extreme variations, and user-defined defects modeled within a layout-extracted or schematic netlist. A number of techniques are used to reduce total simulation time by many orders of magnitude, compared to sequential simulation of every defect in a flat layout-extracted netlist, without reducing simulation accuracy or limiting the type of test. Among the techniques is a new statistical method called likelihood-weighted random sampling that minimizes the number of defects to simulate and more accurately indicates outgoing chip quality.

Tessent Defectsim can also measure a circuit’s tolerance to defects. Defect tolerance is a measure of a circuit’s ability, in the presence of defects, to either continue to operate within acceptable operational limits or to transition into a safe state. This metric is very important in automotive applications as it directly relates to long-term reliability.