EuNICE: European Network for Initial and Continuing Education in VLSI/SoC Testing using remote ATE facilities

09.2001 - 07.2004, ESPRIT - Project

A European experience of education in industrial test of ICs and SoCs using remote testing facilities.

The microelectronic industry suffers an important shortage in engineers having sufficient skill in test development. Moreover, initial formation in that field is too little developed (at the time, restricted to French students with 150 trainees per year). So, there is a strong demand from industry in engineers having knowledge ranging from the simple awareness of test problems to the full skill and competence in IC testing. It is the objective of the EuNICE-Test project to respond to this demand by implementing a European network for test education. It is planned to take advantage of the clear success of the French experience in this domain to extend it at the European level (France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Slovenia). In this project, the industrial partner provides up-to-date Automatic Test Equipment and specific test training on clearly identified hot test topics : mixed-signal testing and memory testing.

Fig.: Network implementation for remote test


The project addresses the problem of the shortage in microelectronics engineers aware with the new challenge of testing mixed-signal SoCs for multimedia/telecom market. It aims at providing test training facilities at a European scale in both initial and continuing education contexts. This is done by allowing the academic and industrial partners of the consortium to train engineers using the common test resources center (CRTC) hosted by LIRMM (Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier, France). CRTC test tools include up-to-date/high-tech testers that are fully representative of real industrial testers as used on production testfloors. At the end of the project, it is aimed at reaching a cruising speed of about 16 trainees per year per center. Each trainee will have attend at least one one-week training using the remote test facilities of CRTC.

EuNICE - Test


  • Centre national de la recherche Scientifique : Délégation Languedoc – Roussillon


  • Centre national de la recherche Scientifique : Délégation Languedoc – Roussillon,
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya,
  • Politecnico di Torino,
  • University of Stuttgart,
  • Jozef Steffan Institute,
  • Agilent Technologies,
  • Université Montpellier II : Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc

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      Hans-Joachim Wunderlich (i.R.)

      Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil.

      Heading the Research Group Computer Architecture

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