ECE4064 - Electronic test technology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Dr Melanie Ooi (Malaysia)

Not offered in 2019


ECE2061 and ECE2072


ECE2062 or ECE3062Not offered in 2019


Electronic testing in IC fabrication cycle; the importance and organisation of testing within technological process; test equipment used in industry to verify the correct operation of digital integrated circuits (generic architecture and operation of a test system, main modules of a tester and their operation, computer-aided test engineering tools, test system programming, device interface board design), digital test methodologies (DC parametric, AC, functional and IDDQ tests), semiconductor memory testing, introduction to analogue and mixed-signal testing, design-for-testability and built-in self-test and their implication on test technology, test data collection and analysis.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students are expected to:

  1. Develop and justify the requirements of different integrated circuit testing procedures such as parametric, functional, IDDQ, memory, design for test and built-in self test based on manufacturer's specifications and real-world production issues through thorough understanding of microelectronics evolution, fabrication and manufacturing processes, and the cost and roles of testing
  2. Evaluate and select the optimal test for printed circuit boards through a deep comprehension of ATE architecture and familiarity with real-world test equipment.


Continuous assessment: 40% + Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 1 hour practicals, 2 hours laboratories and 6 hours private study per week

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