Category: Industry Standards and Forums

The IEEE 1687 standard resonates with engineers and managers, no matter which part of the semiconductor-based product lifecycle they are involved with, because it either solves a technical problem, it provides a cost advantage, it reduces the amount of work, or it enables automation of some (onerous) task…
This is the first of a series of blogs answering the question, “what is IEEE 1687”. Subsequent blogs will cover the topics “who uses IEEE 1687”, “what are the advantages of using IEEE 1687 (why use IEEE 1687)”, and “how to use IEEE 1687.”
Last week iNEMI (the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative) concluded its nine-month project investigating Built-In Self-Test (BIST). The purpose of the iNEMI Project was to develop and promote the adoption of chip BIST at the board and system level. Here's a summary of the conclusions...
How do test engineers quantify the amount of test coverage they get on a particular board design? Is this science or black magic? I believe it’s both. One scientific innovation I’ve seen recently is the adoption of PCOLA/SOQ/FAM by iNEMI. Yeah, I know that’s a lot of letters strung together, but here’s what it means...
When the subject of new standards comes up, the reaction of some may be a roll of the eyes and the question: Tell me again why we need another new standard? At least with two new IEEE standards, 1149.7 and P1687, it’s clear that there’s tremendous value in the technology they enable. Still, there are some misconceptions afoot that ought to be dispelled...
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