A novel massively parallel testing method using multi-root for high reliability

Haksong Kim, Yong Lee, Sungho Kang

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Wafer testing (wafer sort) is used in the semiconductor industry to reduce test costs. High parallelism is important to reduce test application time. However, increasing parallelism is becoming more difficult because the elements that drive test costs are increases in the pin count of the system on chip (SOC), and required automated test equipment (ATE) channels. While the need for parallelism has been growing, a reliability problem in which fault distribution causes good devices under test (DUT) to be improperly tested is becoming a concern. To achieve high parallelism and reliability, we propose a novel, massively parallel testing method using multi-root. In addition, we develop a test setup for setting the root-DUT location and the path of all DUTs. Using the proposed wafer testing method, test data can be transferred between the ATE and dies using multi-roots. The experimental results using ITC 02 SOC benchmarks show that the proposed method can reduce test costs up to 90%, and achieve nearly 94.84% test reliability without affecting yield.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6872606
Pages (from-to)486-496
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Reliability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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