Defect tolerance based on graceful degradation and dynamic reconfiguration for digital microfluidics-based biochips


Journal Article

Defect tolerance is an important design consideration for microfluidics-based biochips that are used for safety-critical applications. The authors propose a defect-tolerance methodology based on graceful degradation and dynamic reconfiguration. A tile-based biochip architecture is first introduced, which is scalable for large-scale bioassays. A clustered defect model is used to evaluate the graceful-degradation method for tile-based biochips. The proposed schemes ensure that the bioassays mapped to a droplet-based microfluidic array during design can be executed on a defective biochip through operation rescheduling and/or resource rebinding. Real-life biochemical procedures, namely polymerase chain reaction and multiplexed in vitro diagnostics on human physiological fluids, are used to evaluate the proposed defect-tolerance schemes. © 2006 IEEE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Su, F; Chakrabarty, K

Published Date

  • December 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 2944 - 2953

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-0070

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/TCAD.2006.882480

Citation Source

  • Scopus