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BREAKPOINTS IN MASKED MICROCONTROLLERS TO FIX LATENT SOFIWARE DEFECTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007494D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-01

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Authors:
Michael Anthony Wilkinson

Abstract

When software for microcontroller is masked i.e. included as part ofthe manufacture ofthe microcon- troller it cannot be changed. If the software con- tains any defects then the mask has to be changed at considerable cost in terms of the new mask and of throwing away existing parts.