TestConX 2019


Sunday March 3, 2019


There will be breaks including refreshments to provide networking time for Tutorial attendees.

Please note: attendance at the tutorial will be limited. Please sign-up early to not miss out!

Noon to  6:00 pm

Red Mountain 3
Optional Tutorial
"Beyond Sort, Burn-In, and Class Testing: Post Silicon Validation Hardware Strategy"

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John Kelbert
Principal Engineer

Amy Xia
Staff Mechanical Engineer

Tong Wa Chao
Staff Mechanical Engineer

This tutorial will provide a deeper understanding of post-silicon validation goals with an emphasis on the hardware development strategies for boards, sockets, and thermal tools to meet the needs and challenges of post-silicon validation work.

Post-silicon validation's goal is to verify product functionality against the Engineering Design Specification and takes place between initial silicon power on (PO) and product launch in parallel with Burn-in and packaged silicon classification testing (Class Test).


6:30 p

Welcome Reception

If this is your twenty time attending TestConX, only your first, or somewhere in-between you will feel welcomed at the opening reception by friends old and new.

7:30 p


The first of many excellent meals awaits as you get to network with other industry professionals. This is a great time to catch up with old colleagues or start meeting new friends.

8:30 p

Invited Speaker
Red Mountain Ballroom
Invited Speaker - Jan Vardaman
"The Future of Advanced Packaging: Challenges Ahead on the Advanced Program"

“The Future of Advanced Packaging: Challenges Ahead”
Jan Vardaman
TechSearch International, Inc.
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E. Jan Vardaman
President and Founder
TechSearch International, Inc.

"The Future of Advanced Packaging: Challenges Ahead on the Advanced Program"

E. Jan Vardaman is president and founder of TechSearch International, Inc., which has provided market research and technology trend analysis in semiconductor packaging since 1987. She is the co-author of How to Make IC Packages (by Nikkan Kogyo Shinbunsha), a columnist with Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly, and the author of numerous publications on emerging trends in semiconductor packaging and assembly. She is a senior member of IEEE EPS and is an IEEE EPS Distinguished Lecturer. She is a member of SEMI, SMTA, IMAPS, and MEPTEC. She received the IMAPS GBC Partnership award in 2012 and the Daniel C. Hughes, Jr. Memorial Award in 2018. She is an IMAPS Fellow. Before founding TechSearch International, she served on the corporate staff of Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), the electronics industry’s first pre-competitive research consortium.


The high cost of moving to the next semiconductor technology node is changing the role of packaging and assembly in the electronics industry. New packaging solutions are being adopted to achieve the economic advantages that were previously met with silicon scaling. These options include silicon interposers, fan-out wafer level packages, and system-in-package. Some high-performance options are considered homogeneous integration, where die are partitioned. Others are classified as heterogeneous integration, including solutions in which some die functions are fabricated on the latest nodes, combined with other die fabricated on older less expensive nodes and linked together in the package. Combinations of memory and logic in the same package are increasingly common. Challenges for packaging and assembly in this new era include chip package interaction (CPI) for devices fabricated with low-k and ultra-low-k (ULK) dielectrics. Substrate warpage remains an issue and the need for known good die is becoming increasingly important. Test considerations factor into package choices. This presentation discusses the packaging changes and some of the issues being faced.

9:30 p


Program subject to change without notice.