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Universal Graphical Test Program Flow Viewer for Visualization of Complex Multiple-Platform Test Program Logic

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007240D
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a universal graphical test program flow viewer that is comprised of a set of input file format specifications. Benefits include the ability to use the universal flow viewer on any type of test program.

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Universal Graphical Test Program Flow Viewer for Visualization of Complex Multiple-Platform Test Program Logic

Disclosed is a method for a universal graphical test program flow viewer that is comprised of a set of input file format specifications. Benefits include the ability to use the universal flow viewer on any type of test program.

Background

There are many tester platforms for testing semiconductor chips, and each platform has its own type of test program. These test programs have their own syntax and semantics, and not all of them have a corresponding graphical test program flow viewer. Furthermore, some of these flow viewers do not have satisfactory features.

Without an effective graphical test program flow viewer, the visualization of complex test program logic flow is not possible; this hampers test program development, especially when complex test programs have to be modified or debugged.

General Description

The disclosed method uses a set of input file format specifications for a universal graphical test program flow viewer. The input file format specifications are generic enough to capture the logic (test program flow and contents) of any type of test program. This is possible because there is a common logical thread, which subsumes all these different test program types.

In order to utilize the universal flow viewer with any given type of test program, a simple, specially-tailored extractor tool is needed. The extractor tool pulls out the data specified by the...