Dee L. Cross

Document Type Patent


An integrated circuit includes a substrate, a storage device formed in the substrate to hold bias settings, and operational blocks formed in the substrate, each operational block including an operational circuit and a charge pump to provide well bias voltages to the operational circuit in response to one or more of the bias settings. A method for testing an integrated circuit having two or more operational blocks includes: (a) determining a maximum operating speed of each of the blocks at a minimum supply voltage; (b) selecting a block that has a slow operating speed; (c) selecting a well bias to speed up the selected block; (d) selecting a supply voltage to meet a target operating frequency at the selected well bias and measuring power; (e) repeating acts (b)-(d) while the measured power is less than a baseline power; and (f) saving the selected well bias and supply voltage settings for operation of the integrated circuit.