Fault Detection and Isolation Techniques for Quasi-Delay Insensitive Circuits

Christopher LaFrieda and Rajit Manohar

This paper presents a novel circuit fault detection and isolation technique for quasi delay-insensitive asynchronous circuits. We achieve fault isolation by a combination of physical layout and circuit techniques. The asynchronous nature of quasi delay-insensitive circuits combined with layout techniques makes the design tolerant of delay faults. Circuit techniques are used to make sections of the design robust to non-delay faults. The combination of these is an asynchronous defect-tolerant circuit where a large class of faults are tolerated, and the remaining faults can be both detected easily and isolated to a small region of the design.