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iNEMI Publishes its Tenth Roadmap

May 14, 2013

The 2013 iNEMI Roadmap is provided on a USB drive.

The 2013 iNEMI Roadmap is provided on a USB drive.

Cloud computing, sustainability & recycling, and the explosive growth of
MEMS & sensors are among leading trends

HERNDON, Va. (May 14, 2013) — The recently released 2013 Roadmap from the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) identifies numerous key trends that will shape the landscape of the electronics manufacturing industry over the next decade. Cloud computing, the explosive growth of MEMS and sensors, and sustainability issues, including recycling, are common themes throughout the document.  The roadmap also pinpoints critical technology gaps and areas where R&D efforts should be focused.

This tenth edition of iNEMI’s roadmap is now available to industry through the iNEMI website. It represents an estimated eight man-years of work by more than 650 individuals from over 350 corporations, consortia, government agencies and universities in 18 countries.

“In the 20 years that we’ve been creating these roadmaps for the electronics manufacturing industry, each successive edition has built on, and improved upon, the previous roadmap,” said Bill Bader, CEO of iNEMI. “The first roadmap, published in 1994, was created by the U.S. electronics industry and covered only nine technology areas, focusing primarily on assembly and packaging, and electronic components.  Since then, we have broadened our focus, both in terms of geography and technology, and increased the depth of discussion. We now have a truly global perspective, thanks to contributors located around the world, and this latest roadmap covers 20 technology areas and six product sectors, encompassing the entire electronics manufacturing supply chain.”

“The 2013 Roadmap is an invaluable tool that can help companies prioritize investments in R&D and technology deployment,” said Bader. “It can also help university-based research programs focus their efforts on topics relevant to industry and provide guidance for government agencies investing in emerging technologies.”

Key Trends
Cloud computing figures prominently in this latest edition of the roadmap, and has the potential to create the most significant paradigm shifts, bringing about major changes to business models in the next four to five years. Similarly, the increased use of MEMS and sensors in a growing number of applications (cell phones, medical electronics, automotive) has repercussions across multiple product sectors.

Concerns about sustainability are still at the forefront while companies continue to grapple with the lack of industry-wide assessment methodologies to evaluate alternative materials and the need for data to assess and quantify environmental impact of products in a consistent way.

Faster rates of change in miniaturization, driven by the explosion of smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, are resulting in increased use of complex, 3D assemblies and solutions, such as system-in-package (SiP). These solutions, however, come with their own sets of challenges. Lack of test access, pick and place of 3D thin chips or bare 3D stacked chips with irregular shapes, rework processes and heat sink attachment all become more difficult.

See Select Trends & Highlights for more details (link below).

Ordering Information
The full roadmap, as well as individual chapters, is now available for purchase. This latest edition of the iNEMI roadmap is provided on a USB drive, which replaces the CD format used for the previous nine roadmaps.  Individual chapters are provided electronically (via web download). For more details about purchasing options, go to

For More Information
Executive Summary Highlights (PDF):
Select Trends & Highlights (PDF):
Additional background about the roadmap:
Photograph of the 2013 Roadmap package (JPEG):

About iNEMI
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s mission is to forecast and accelerate improvements in the electronics manufacturing industry for a sustainable future. This industry-led international consortium is made up of more than 100 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 longer-term industry needs and R&D initiatives. iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan. For additional information about iNEMI, go to

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