50 Years of International Test Conference

In 1970, the Beatles officially split, Apollo 13 narrowly averted disaster, paisley and stripes somehow went together, and the International Test Conference was born. The first meeting of ITC drew 147 people to the Rickshaw Inn in Cherry Hill, NJ. The semiconductor industry was growing fast, and engineers faced challenges in testing novel semiconductor devices.

Fifty years on, music and fashion have changed and we still don’t have a moon base. But, the challenges of testing novel semiconductor devices now draws more than 2,000 engineers to ITC and it’s two sister conferences, ITC Asia and ITC India.

Mentor’s Tessent group is again the top (Diamond) supporter of the International Test Conference, Washington, DC  November 12 – November 14, 2019.


Mentor will be at Booth 401, showcasing the latest features and technologies. New this year, you can sign up for a 30-minute appointment with a Mentor expert to learn how to use the new Tessent Visualizer, Mentor’s completely redesigned DFT debug and analysis tool. Spots are limited and are available during all exhibit hours.

Sign up here for the Tessent Visualizer Certification Program!

Also at the Mentor exhibition booth, Theater presentations are held throughout the day. Come by to hear Mentor customers and partners share their DFT issues and success stories.

Diamond Supporter Session, 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12:

Mentor Diamond Support presentation, “Accelerating test—enabling fast market entry and advanced automotive systems,” is at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12, immediately following the ITC plenary session in the Ballroom. Our speakers are:

  • Infineon’s Daniel Tille, who will talk about reducing LBIST test time to meet functional safety requirements for automotive
  • Broadcom’s Chinmay Gupte, who will talk about meeting time-to-market challenges for AI chips with advanced DFT automation.

Visionary Talk by Joe Sawicki at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13:

Joe Sawicki is the executive vice president of IC EDA at Mentor, a Siemens Business. Visionary Talks, new for ITC 50, are delivered by prominent executives from the industry. Sawicki will present “Moving from Production Test to Life Cycle Management”

Tessent Seminar, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 14:

Also new this year is a Tessent Seminar “Optimizing your DFT Flow” held on Thursday, November 14 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Speakers include a Mentor expert Vidya Neerkundar as well as a Tessent customer. Optimize your DFT flow with intent-driven DFT automation that enables the fastest path to sign-off.

Sign up for the Tessent Seminar here!

Mentor technical presence:

Mentor has 10 posters and 3 papers. You can read about them here.


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  • With less than 1 week to go, I am looking forward to attending this years ITC in Washington. Come and visit us at the Mentor booth to talk about everything Automotive.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/tessent/2019/10/28/50-years-of-international-test-conference/