Published in Wang, H., Kulkarni, S., & Tragoudas, S. (2004). On-line testing field programmable analog array circuits. Proceedings International Test Conference, 2004; ITC 2004, 1340-1348. doi: 10.1109/TEST.2004.1387409 ©2004 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


This work presents an efficient methodology to on-line test field programmable analog array (FPAA) circuits. It proposes to partition the FPAA circuit under test into sub circuits. Each sub circuit is tested by replicating the sub circuit with programmable resources on FPAAs, and comparing the outputs of the original partitioned sub circuit and its replication. The advantages of this approach includes: low implementation cost, enhanced testability, and flexible testing schedules. This work also presents circuit techniques to address stability problems which are often encountered in the proposed on-line testing approach. In addition, the impact of performing circuit partition on testability is investigated in this work. It shows that testability is generally improved in partitioned circuits. Finally, experimental results are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed techniques.