The 2013 iNEMI Design Technologies Roadmap is the most comprehensive roadmap published to date by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI). The complete roadmap report is available here. The 2013 Roadmap was developed by 20 Technology Working Groups (TWGs) in response to inputs regarding technology needs from representatives of OEMs in six Product Emulator Groups (PEGs). These groups included more than 650 individuals from over 350 corporations, consortia, government agencies and universities, located in 18 countries.
The roadmap identifies major trends in the evolution of information technology, with an emphasis on identifying potentially disruptive events (business and technology). It provides the information needed to identify critical technology and infrastructure gaps, prioritize R&D needs to meet those gaps, and initiate activities that address industry needs.
Through its roadmaps, iNEMI charts future opportunities and challenges for the electronics manufacturing industry. These widely utilized roadmaps:
• Help OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers prioritize investments in R&D
and technology deployment
• Influence the focus of university-based research
• Provide guidance for government investment in emerging technologies
The electronics industry continues to grow in both revenue and actual usage through both traditional expansion of the core, as well as the increasing use of electronics by other industries in their products or in the manufacture of their products. This is occurring even as we also see product convergence (e.g. telecomm, consumer electronics), consolidation, (single multi-function devices) and rampant commoditization. Coupled with increasingly intense global competition and volatile world markets, the industry has become sensitive to socio-economic and technological change as it transitions from a set of uniquely defined segments (OEM, EMS, etc) to an extensive and highly complex global ecosystem of multiple and competing levels of demand and supply tiers, collaborators, “co-opitors” (competitors working together) and self created competitors.