iNEMI Roadmap Workshop

Apr 23, 2008

LIMERICK, Ireland (April 22, 2008) - The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), an industry-led consortium focused on identifying and closing technology gaps, has scheduled a workshop in Europe to give industry the opportunity to review "work in progress" on the 2009 iNEMI Roadmap. The all-day workshop will be held 18 June at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium, starting at 08:30. This workshop is one of three regional meetings; additional workshops are scheduled in North America (14 May) and Asia (28 July).

A review of drafts of select roadmap chapters will give participants the opportunity to discuss key product sectors and technology and infrastructure areas, and to provide input to the roadmap. Chapters to be covered include:

Medical product sector

Portable/consumer product sector

Environmentally conscious electronics

Solid state illumination & photovoltaics

Organic & printed electronics

Board assembly

Final assembly

Interconnect substrates - organic & ceramic

Packaging

"This workshop will give participants early insight into the likely future direction of the electronics industry," said Grace O'Malley, manager, iNEMI-Europe. "It also allows regional input into the roadmap to ensure that the concerns and issues of the European community are addressed in the 2009 Roadmap. Finally, the meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to network with key technology and business leaders as well as iNEMI staff."

The workshop registration fee is US$300 (which is waived for iNEMI members and workshop speakers). This fee covers participation in the workshop, including a continental breakfast, lunch and a social hour, plus a copy of the 2009 iNEMI Roadmap CD when published in March 2009. (The roadmap sells for US$325 outside of North America.)

For each roadmap cycle, iNEMI determines which topics will be covered according to what is happening in industry and what changes are expected to have the greatest effect on electronics manufacturing. The 2009 Roadmap covers 22 technology, infrastructure and business process areas. New in this roadmap are chapters on solid state illumination, RFID item-level tag and photovoltaics. These topics have been added in response to increased industry interest in the opportunities and technology needs of these potential growth areas.

Registration deadline for the European workshop is 12 June. For additional information about, or to register for, the workshop, go to

http://www.inemi.org/cms/calendar/2009_RM_Euro08.html

ABOUT THE iNEMI ROADMAP

Since 1994, iNEMI has mapped the future manufacturing technology needs of the global electronics industry in an effort to identify key technology and infrastructure developments needed to ensure the competitiveness of the supply chain over the next decade. The iNEMI roadmap has become recognized as an important tool for defining the "state of the art" in the electronics industry as well as identifying emerging and disruptive technologies. It also helps set priorities for research and development over the next 10 years, and is not only used by industry but also by government funding agencies and university-based research programs.

Efforts are organized into Product Emulator Groups (PEGs) and Technology Working Groups (TWGs). The PEGs define the future technology needs of "virtual products" from five areas: 1) automotive, 2) consumer/portable, 3) medical, 4) netcom (network, datacom and telecom) and 5) office/large business systems. Each PEG chapter forecasts future product attributes, including cost and density drivers.

The TWGs forecast trends for numerous technology and infrastructure areas and contrast those trends with anticipated product needs. The TWGs predict the evolution of technology and/or business practices, identify gaps and "showstoppers" in existing technology and infrastructure, and develop recommendations for their respective areas.

For additional information about the 2009 iNEMI Roadmap, go to

http://www.inemi.org/cms/roadmapping/2009_Roadmap.html

ABOUT iNEMI

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's mission is to identify and close technology gaps, which includes the development and integration of the electronics industry supply infrastructure. This industry-led consortium is made up of more than 65 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies. The consortium also works with government agencies, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives. iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China and Limerick, Ireland. For additional information about iNEMI, visit http://www.inemi.org.

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