Post-silicon debugging of PMU integration errors using behavioral models

Ain, Antara ; Mukherjee, Subhankar ; Dasgupta, Pallab ; Mukhopadhyay, Siddhartha (2013) Post-silicon debugging of PMU integration errors using behavioral models Integration, the VLSI Journal, 46 (3). pp. 310-321. ISSN 0167-9260

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Power Management Units (PMUs) are large integrated mixed-signal circuits, having several linear and switching regulators for supplying customized voltages to the components of a low power platform. The presence of analog components in the integration circuitry makes it very hard to eliminate all pre-silicon integration errors, including some common types of errors. During post-silicon debug the designer typically wants to rule out the common types of errors before considering other types of bugs. This is facilitated by a mechanism for mapping back from observed anomalies to these known types of integration errors. We present an approach that enables this task by creating a fault map through pre-silicon analysis of the PMU. The proposed pre-silicon analysis makes use of formal properties and behavioral models to accelerate simulation, and is thereby able to create the fault map within feasible limits of time. We present experimental results on industrial strength PMUs to demonstrate the feasibility of this step. We also present a post-silicon debugging approach, which uses the inverse of the fault map to shortlist the set of known types of integration errors that must be ruled out before looking for other forms of bugs.

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Keywords:Integration Errors; Mixed-Signal Circuits; Post-silicon Debugging
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