Depending upon the type of engineer you ask the word test evokes a different notion of goals and expectations.
Engineers who work on the design of semiconductors test that their designs meet the specifications.
This can be done pre-silicon and naturally verified in-depth on silicon.
Engineers concerned with manufacturing of a product test to find defects and to verify performance.
Similar approaches can be taken by both engineers though there exist differences in the amount of time. To be cost effective, a manufacturing test must be completed in as short a time as possible. Let’s continue to compare and contrast design validation with manufacturing test. [Read more…]