Jonathan Weaver
biography :: conference marerials
Design for Testability
To launch a product successfully with a small team in a short amount of time, the operation of that team and organization must be efficient. Constant rework and ineffective testing plague many companies and eat away at already tight project timetables and profits. Testing and design verification methods as they exist today are neither efficient nor robust and result in unnecessary cost. The principals of lean have been successfully applied to a manufacturing environment to improve throughput and reduce or eliminate bottlenecks. paper will investigate reducing waste in the product development cycle with a specific emphasis on the testing and validation portion of development. This should increase the efficiency of companies and engineering teams who apply these principals, and improve the throughput of the companies as a whole. Of the many Design for X topics, Design for Testability (DFT) has cost benefits both in product validation and in the manufacturing process. Here we will provide an overview of DFT with a focus on key principles, considerations, and the DFT process. We will explore the application of DFT in hardware and software development and DFT’s relationship to reliability and robustness.