Date of Award

5-1-2012

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Tragoudas, Spyros

Abstract

In recent years, studying soft errors has become an issue of greater importance. There have been many methods developed that estimate the Soft Error Rate. Those methods are either deterministic or statistical. The proposed deterministic model aims to improve Soft Error Rate estimation by accurately approximating the generated pulse and all subsequent pulses. The generated pulse is approximated by a piecewise function consisting of two Weibull cumulative distribution functions. This method is an improvement over existing methods as it offers high accuracy while requiring less pre-characterization. The proposed algorithm reduces pre-characterization by allowing the beta Weibull parameter to be calculated during runtime using gate parameters such as the gate delay.

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