TestConX 2019


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Tuesday March 5, 2019

7:00 a

Continental Breakfast

Start the day right and enjoy the continental breakfast while networking with other attendees.

8:00 a

Distinguished Speaker
Red Mountain Ballroom
Distinguished Speaker
Tawfik Arabi
Senior Principal Engineer
Manufacturing Validation Group
Intel Corporation

To Be Determined


9:00 a

Session 4
Red Mountain Ballroom
New Spins
Printed Circuit Boards - New Applications

This session focus on application of the latest technologies to the test connect industry. Currently the standard approach for interposer printed circuit board (PCB) design layout still uses manual routing and heavily relies on the layout engineers’ experience. Addressing this design challenge via Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to build a smart router are presented first. The new router is the first in the industry and implements neural networks and genetic algorithms to extract the routing patterns from existing designs by data training. Then the system learns, discovers, and optimizes the routing for new layouts automatically. The second presentation explores the option of using a generic mother board and application specific interposers for package test or probe cards enabling quick design, rapid turn, and lower cost solution.

“Tester in a Load Board”
Don Thompson
R&D Altanova
Liming Fang
“Applications of AI and Machine Learning in Interposer PCB Design”
Xiao-Ming Gao
Intel Corporation

10:00 a

Break & Networking

Enjoy the break and networking time.

10:30 a

Session 5A
Red Mountain Ballroom 1 & 2
By The Numbers
Market Session

The Market Session is a very popular feature at TestConX since it provides the market context and commercial viability (in terms of supply and demand) of the end applications, the required test technology, and test consumables. First the technical and market forces that are shaping the future of test and burn-in will be presented. Semiconductors had an exceptional year in 2017 but softened in 2018. How did socket and contactor suppliers fare? Who were the top suppliers? We’ll hear the results in the Marketplace Report. The second presentation will address the global vision on More than Moore by digging into details of packaging technologies via reverse engineering analysis and examples. This will be followed by an extended market overview including semiconductors, packaging and test and burn-in historical performances and future trends.

“Mega Trends & Advanced Packaging are Reshaping the Ways of Testing Systems”
Mario Ibrahim
Yole Developpement
“Market Update: Semiconductors, Packaging and Test and Burn in Sockets”
Lin Fu
VLSI Research Europe
John West
VLSI Research Europe

10:30 a

Session 5B
Red Mountain Ballroom 3
Translating Specs
PCB Materials & Specifications

Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) are the workhorse that enables electronic products in general and the test industry in specific. The session starts with a presentation on the complexity of the varied specifications in burn-in board (BIB) design. It then proposes a solution of a single BiB that can cater to different configurations resulting in significant cost savings. The second presentation takes a big picture view of the PCB, socket, and device in terms of electrical performance for operation frequencies > 80 GHz. It will be shown that only an optimized PCB design will allow performance at these levels. PCB fabrication constraints and an introduction to alternatives to the high-density interconnect (HDI) processes will be presented next that compares power integrity, signal integrity, throughput and reliability. Lastly a discussion about an innovative pitch translation methodology that reduce PCB design complexity and fabrication by 50% will be presented.

“Varied Specifications in one Burn In Board Design”
Glojanie Gonzaga-Anoos
Analog Devices, Inc.
Rolando Reyes
Analog Devices, Inc.
“Pushing the limits: Variability in RF Measurements”
Gert Hohenwarter
GateWave Northern Inc.
“Stretching the Performance Envelope of ATE PCBs”
Tom Bleakley
Harbor Electronics
Paul Hurst
Harbor Electronics
Paul Diehl
Harbor Electronics
“Bridging the Technology Gaps in PCB Fabrication”
Bud Stevens
Daryl Richardson

12:30 p


Lunch is served. Enjoy the break and networking time.

1:30 p

Session 6A
Red Mountain Ballroom 1 & 2
Contact Technology

Electrical interconnect is a fundamental requirement of test and it must perform reliably and consistently in a wide range of applications and environments. This requires continuous innovation in probe/contact technologies and testing methodologies to meet current and future industry requirements. This session will cover the latest innovations and some unique test methodologies for validating them. The need for characterization of the current carrying capacity (CCC) of wafer-level chip scale packaging (WLCP) probe heads, beyond the existing industry standard ISMI methodology, will start the session. Then the newly advanced coaxial solutions for probes and sockets for high-speed test applications will be presented. The third presentation will discuss a new test methodology that has been developed to compare force, deflection and electrical resistance for different types of probe tips and probe materials. Lastly, an introduction of the basics of electromigration effect and a finite element model for analyzing the electromigration effect between probe tips and solder bumps along with a few methods to alleviate this electromigration will be presented.

“Spring Probe WLCSP Probe Head CCC - ISMI Characterization Is Not Enough”
Valts Treibergs
Travis Evans
Mitchell Nelson
“Advanced Coaxial Socket and Probe for High Speed Test”
Seong Jin "Jay" Kim
Leeno Industrial Inc.
“Testing Challenges for Cu Pillar Wafer Level Packages”
Khaled Elmadbouly
Smiths Interconnect
Long Zhang
Smiths Interconnect
Jiachun "Frank" Zhou
Smiths Interconnect
“Reduction of Solder Contamination to Probe Tip by Study of Electromigration Effect”
Yoinjun "YJ" Shi
Twinsolution Suzhou Technology

1:30 p

Session 6B
Red Mountain Ballroom 3
Material Differences
PCB Materials

As product and test performance increases, a significant push for higher performance is required from printed circuit board (PCB) materials. Suppliers seeking out new materials and processes to support changing requirements for signal integrity, power delivery, performance due to the demands of 5G, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and more are presented first. The second presentation attacks the challenges of higher frequency applications via resin type, reinforcement of glass fabric, modification of glass fiber weave, copper roughness and copper foil treatment. Selecting material with the appropriate dielectric loss and optimizing the impedance between PCB layers is the approach is presented third to solve the needs of 5G. Lastly, an innovative co-axial via based solution that eliminates the need for adding extra vias for shielding and crosstalk prevention is presented along with a simulation in the PCB fabrication environment.

“Materials and Your Printed Wiring Board Supplier(s)”
Thomas "Tom" Bresnan
R&D Altanova
“Copper Laminate and Skew Mitigation”
Megan Teta
“Circuit Board Material Properties To Meet The High Frequency Needs Of 5G”
Robert "Bob" Nurmi
AGC Nelco
“Coaxial Via-Based Microstrip Line for High Performance HDI Platform Design”
Xiao-Ming Gao
Intel Corporation

3:30 p


Continue to explore the great exhibits at the TestConX EXPO. There is always something new to see or someone new to meet. Refreshments and drinks are served but don't spoil your appetite before the TestConX Social...

6:30 p

TestConX Social Event

Continue the networking with your colleagues and industry friends at the TestConX Social Event.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary there will be lots of fun and great food in store!

9:30 p


Program subject to change without notice.