Stuck-at fault

Stuck-at fault

A Stuck-at fault is a particular fault model used by fault simulators and Automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) tools to mimic a manufacturing defect within an integrated circuit. Individual signals and pins are assumed to be "stuck" at Logical '1', '0' and 'X'. For example, an output is tied to a logical 1 state during test generation to assure that a manufacturing defect with that type of behavior can be found with a specific test pattern. Likewise the output could be tied to a logical 0 to model the behavior of a defective circuit that cannot switch its output pin.

Not all faults can be analyzed using the Stuck-at fault model. Compensation for static hazards, namely branching signals, can render a circuit untestable using this model.

See also

*Design For Test
*Fault model
*Automatic test pattern generation

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