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Estimation of Analog Parametric Test Metrics Using Copulas

Auteur(s) : A. Bounceur, S. Mir, H. Stratigopoulos

Journal : IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems

Volume : 30

Issue : 9

Pages : 1400-1410

Doi : 10.1109/TCAD.2011.2149522

A new technique for the estimation of analog parametric test metrics at the design stage is presented in this paper. This technique employs the copulas theory to estimate the distribution between random variables that represent the performances and the test measurements of the circuit under test (CUT). A copulas-based model separates the dependencies between these random variables from their marginal distributions, providing a complete and scale-free description of dependence that is more suitable to be modeled using well-known multivariate parametric laws. The model can be readily used for the generation of an arbitrarily large sample of CUT instances. This sample is thereafter used for estimating parametric test metrics such as defect level (or test escapes) and yield loss. We demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed technique to evaluate a built-in-test technique for a radio frequency low noise amplifier and to set test limits that result in a desired tradeoff between test metrics. In addition, we compare the proposed technique with previous ones that rely on direct density estimation.