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Method for improved test program management and processing using a generic database as a universal test program wrapper

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007239D
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-06
Document File: 3 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for improved test program management and processing using a generic database as a universal test program wrapper. Benefits include improved functionality, improved productivity, and improved test environment.

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Method for improved test program management and processing using a generic database as a universal test program wrapper

Disclosed is a method for improved test program management and processing using a generic database as a universal test program wrapper. Benefits include improved functionality, improved productivity, and improved test environment.

Background

              The disclosed method applies to the field of test program management and processing. Numerous tester platforms exist for testing semiconductor chips. Each platform supports its own type of test program. Each type of test programs has its own syntax and semantics. The management and maintenance of these test programs requires significant resources.

Description

              The disclosed method includes customized data extractors to extract data from different types of test programs into a single database generic enough to store the data and relationships of any type of test program (see Figure 1).

              The key element is the design of the generic test-program database (see Figure 2). This single database design stores various types of test program data, and history and management information, including product family and product variant. Though various types of test programs differ syntactically and semantically, a common logical thread exists that subsumes all the test program types.

              The end result is a centralized repository for each test program. The data in this centralized repository can be easily manipulated using the database engin...