Taipei, Friday, October 24, 2014 05:21 (GMT+8)
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LogicVision president and CEO Jim Healy speaking at SEMICON West 2006
Photo: Stephen Taylor, [Jul 12, 2006]

Improved testing is important, but cost is key. Healy cited Qualcomm as finding no problems in 61% of field returns; he attributed this to insufficient testing.

Because of current organization, DFT may be cut to save cost and speed time to market, but this may be a false saving. Small increases in design time can improve time to market and reduce cost of tests. With wafer-level testing at full speed (with BIST), yield at final test improves. This also means less testers as test times are faster.

DFT is a value play, not a cost play.

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