Traditional visual inspection or manual checking for electrical rule compliance is both time consuming and error prone. A new, comprehensive reliability solution is needed to reduce time to market, improve reliability and ensure longer device operation. This paper introduces IC Validator programmable Extended Electrical Rule Checking (EERC) and categorizes electrical rule checking (ERC) into three broad categories: netlist domain, mixed mode and current density / point-to-point resistance. The focus of this first of three white papers is on the netlist domain class of checks.
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