Imec Teams With Cadence to Present Automated Design-for-Test (DFT) Solution for 3D Memory-on-Logic

Posted on January 22, 2013 @ 03:55 pm

At the European 3D TSV Summit in Grenoble, France on January 22-23, 2013, imec, a world-leading nano-electronics research institute, announced that together with Cadence Design Systems they have developed, implemented and validated an automated 3D Design-for-Test (DFT) solution to test logic-memory interconnects in DRAM-on-logic stacks. The solution, based on Cadence Encounter Test technology, was verified on an industrial test chip containing a logic die and a JEDEC-compliant Wide-I/O Mobile DRAM.

Memory-on-logic 3D stacks offer the possibility of heterogeneous integration with dense low-power inter-die interconnects. Hence, they are amongst the first 3D products that will come on the market, enabling next-generation high-performance low-power mobile applications. Recently, JEDEC has released a standard (JESD-229) for stackable Wide-I/O mobile dynamic random access memories (DRAMs) specifying the logic-memory interface.

Unlike many previous DRAMs, the standard contains boundary scan features to facilitate interconnect testing. Imec and Cadence now present a design-for-test (DFT) architecture and corresponding automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) approach. It is an extension of their previously announced logic-on-logic 3D DFT architecture and it supports post-bond testing of the interconnects between the logic die and the DRAM stacked on top of it.

The solution implemented by Cadence and imec includes the generation of DRAM test control signals in the logic die and the inclusion of the DRAM boundary scan registers in the serial and parallel test access mechanisms (TAMs) of the 3D test architecture. The automated design for test solution has been validated on an industrial test chip.

“This 3D memory-on-logic DFT solution is another big step forward toward market introduction of 3D-stacked IC for next-generation high–performance, low-power mobile applications,” said Bassilios Petrakis, product marketing director for the Encounter Test product family at Cadence. “Our collaboration with imec has enabled the creation of an industry-leading solution that enhances efficiencies of 3D-IC design for our customers.”

“Teaming up with Cadence enables us to automate the insertion of our DFT circuitry in a given design, and to automate the interconnect test pattern generation. Such automated flows make our technology valuable for the industry. We are confident that we can also handle the DFT features that start to emerge in other 3D memory standards,” said Erik Jan Marinissen, principal scientist at imec.

Part of the work has been performed in the project ESiP, which is co-funded by the ENIAC Joint Undertaking.


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