Anand Krishnagiri Balan
ARM, India
Title:  Test vehicles for process bring-up and qualification, a unique approach


The ramp-up of Tier-2 foundries in advanced FinFET process technology node is a key opportunity for them to increase its presence in the foundry market. To enable Tier-2 foundries to show case its process capabilities and compete with leading foundries, Technology Qualification Vehicle (TQV) act as test vehicle to demonstrate the process capability of foundry technology same time enabling its customers greater confidence in achieving silicon success. This presentation will focus on how early engagement of an IP company and foundries on these TQV testchips,  built with a processor Reference design (Benchmark vehicle), using CPU cores along with enhanced Design for Testing (DFT) capabilities, helps them to speed up process development and yield improvement by quickly identify process defects impacting processor performance with the help of Advanced diagnostics for deep submicron designs.


Anand Krishnagiri Balan, Senior Manager engineering with over 16+ years of experience working with ARM Physical IP division team managing the Silicon Technology group which engages in the silicon validation of the library products offered by ARM PIPD division. He has worked on test chips aimed to validate libraries for cutting-edge semiconductor processes for various leading foundries and IDMs around the world. Anand has planned and tracked execution of multiple concurrent chips through all stages of design. Provide guidance as a physical IP test chip design expert within ARM. Addressed both pre-sales and post-silicon validation questions for customers. Evaluated commercial and technical tradeoffs to produce the highest value test chips. He holds a bachelor degree from Kumaraguru college of Technology, Coimbatore.