Rodney Dangerfield was known to say “I don't get no respect.” Sometimes,
that’s how it feels to be a test engineer. I’m always amazed how little
appreciation the test organization garners in most companies. From
forgetting to invite us to design reviews, to the inevitable schedule
crunch near the end of the project, the test group goes greatly
unappreciated in the engineering world.
I therefore thought it might be interesting to bring you a perspective
into the wonderful world of test. Over time, I hope to touch on subjects
that explain the role of testing at each stage of the product lifespan,
and to spark discussions on the theories, processes, practices,
concerns, and benefits that are (or at least should be) an integral part
of every solid test effort. Click to read the rest of this article on Scope Junction.
As signals are always aiming for lower power, the issue of noise from external sources especially during testing becomes a larger concern. So I often hear that BIST (built-in self-test) will be playing a bigger role. But I doubt BIST can do a thorough job without adding more cost to the chip. It's going to be pay now or pay later, no matter what.
Test gets no respect from management, because from management's perspective, testing only finds problems (usually shortly before the product is to be delivered because the design phase over-ran). Never mind that the product will be better, someone's bonus is on the line!
TE in a leading tech chip company get decent respect.
when the 1st silicon get some nasty bugs, everyone is watching at TE to show them some hope or trace of hope.
for a mature node, TE job is just wiping ass.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.