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1. (WO1980000375) HYBRID SIGNATURE TEST METHOD AND APPARATUS
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I CLAIM:

1. A method for generating a digital test signature word having a predetermined length far use in testing a digital electronic circuit system wherein the circuit system is stimulated by a preselected pattern of bits of a digital signal to produce an output pattern of bits at a preselected location of said circuit system, said generating method comprising the steps of:
tallying the number of transitions of said output pattern of bits to produce at least one transition count defining a first portion of said signature word; and
combining a selected plurality of said output pattern of bits with preselected other ones of said output pattern of bits to produce a second portion of said signature word.

2. A method according to claim 1 wherein said combining step further comprises combining said selected plurality of bits with at least one preselected bit of said transition count.

3. A method according to claim 2 wherein said combining step further comprises sequentially combining the bits of said selected plurality of bits with the bits resulting from the combination of preceding ones of said bits .

4. A method according to claim 2 further comprising the step of numerically encoding said first portion of said signature word and alphabetically encoding said second portion of said signature word.

5. A method for generating a digital test signature word having a predetermined length for use in testing a digital electronic circuit system wherein said circuit system is stimulated by a preselected pattern of bits of a digital signal to produce an output pattern of bits at a selected location of said circuit system, said method comprising the steps of:
tallying the number of transitions of said output pattern of bits to produce at least one transition count defining a first portion of said signature words; and
sequentially shifting each bit of said output pattern of bits through sequential shift register elements of a multi-element shift register and combining output bits of preselected one of said shift register elements with a preselected bit of said transition count and with input bits to said shift- egister.

6. A method for testing a digital electronic system comprising the steps of:
generating, a first signature word of a known good system according to the method of claim 5;
generating a second signature word of a system to be tested according to the method of claim 5; and
comparing the first and second signature words and indicating whether or not a difference obtains.

7. An apparatus for generating a digital test signature word of predetermined length for use in testing a digital electronic circuit system, said apparatus
comprising:
means for applying a predetermined bit pattern at input means of the circuit system under test to stimulate the circuit system;
input means for receiving a digital bit stream from a preselected location of said digital electronic
circuit system;
clock means for delivering a sequence of clock pulses coincident with said digital bit stream;
means connected to said input means and said
clock means for tallying the number of transitions of
said bit stream to produce a first portion of said signature word;
means connected to said input means, said clock means and said tallying means for combining a selected
plurality of bits of said bit stream with preselected
other ones of said bits and with a selected bit of said
tallying means to produce a second portion of said signature word;
means for synchronously starting and stopping
said clock means, said tallying means and said combining means; and
means coupled _o_ said combining and said tallying means for indicating said signature word.

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8. An apparatus according to claim 7 wherein said combining means further comprises means for sequentially combining the bits of said bit stream with bits resulting from the combination of preceding ones of said bits.

9. An apparatus according to claim 8 wherein said combining means further comprises a multi-element shift register having sequential shift register elements and means coupling preselected ones of said shift regis-ter outputs with preselected ones of said shift register inputs and with at least one bit of said tallying means.

10. An apparatus according to claim 7 wherein said indicating means comprises means for numerically encoding said first portion of said signature word and means for alphabetically encoding said second portion of said signature word.