Global environmental issues and the resulting stakeholder concerns are accelerating the demand for environmentally sustainable electronics products. Active public debate has been focusing on climate change, access to clean water, e-waste, hazardous materials, and conflict free materials sourcing. These issues are influencing policy makers, advocacy groups, and consumers to demand greater transparency from manufacturers on the environmental aspects of electronic products. These concerns are emerging in new industry standards, legislation, and eco-labels that are expanding their scope to cover product environmental and sustainability performance throughout the entire product lifecycle. This includes extraction and manufacture of input raw materials, product manufacturing, transport and logistics, product use, and end of life management.
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry has an opportunity to enable new technologies to help solve these global environmental challenges. Part of the solution is to make electronics products more energy efficient and sustainable, but the key to the broader problem is to develop new technologies that can be deployed across many sectors of the economy.
The 2015 Roadmap was developed by five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs) and 19 Technology Working Groups (TWGs). The TWGs responded to the inputs and requirements outlined by representatives of OEMs in the five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs). These groups included more than 500 direct participants from over 280 private corporations, consortia, government agencies, and universities in 20 countries.
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 includes keys to developing future iNEMI projects and setting industry R&D priorities over the next 10 years.
The roadmap identifies major trends in the evolution of technology across numerous disciplines, 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
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