Electronic devices often operate in harsh environments which contain a variation of radiation sources. Radiation may cause different kinds of damage to proper operation of the devices. Their sources can be found in terrestrial environments, or in extra-terrestrial environments like in space, or in man-made radiation sources like nuclear reactors, biomedical devices and high energy particles physics experiments equipment. Depending on the operation environment of the device, the radiation resultant effect manifests in several forms like total ionizing dose effect (TID), or single event effects (SEEs) such as single event upset (SEU), single event gate rupture (SEGR), and single event latch up (SEL). TID effect causes an increase in the delay and the leakage current of CMOS circuits which may damage the proper operation of the integrated circuit. To ensure proper operation of these devices under radiation, thorough testing must be made especially in critical applications like space and military applications. Although the standard which describes the procedure for testing electronic devices under radiation emphasizes the use of worst case test vectors (WCTVs), they are never used in radiation testing due to the difficulty of generating these vectors for circuits under test. For decades, design for testability (DFT) has been the best choice for test engineers to test digital circuits in industry. It has become a very mature technology that can be relied on. DFT is usually used with automatic test patterns generation (ATPG) software to generate test vectors to test application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), especially with sequential circuits, against faults like stuck at faults and path delay faults. Surprisingly, however, radiation testing has not yet made use of this reliable technology. In this thesis, a novel methodology is proposed to extend the usage of DFT to generate WCTVs for delay failure in Flash based field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) exposed to total ionizing dose (TID). The methodology is validated using MicroSemi ProASIC3 FPGA and cobalt 60 facility.


Electronics & Communications Engineering Department

Degree Name

MS in Electronics & Communication Engineering

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2018

First Advisor

Abou-Auf, Ahmed

Committee Member 1

Ismail, Yehea

Committee Member 2

Talkhan, Ihab


103 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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