Modeling Simulation and Design Tools

Modeling Simulation and Design Tools - 2015 iNEMI Roadmap

iNEMI, Date of Publication: Apr 7, 2015

Modeling Simulation and Design Tools

The Modeling Simulation and Design Tools - 2015 iNEMI Roadmap is the most comprehensive roadmap published to date by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI). The complete roadmap report is available hereThe 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 roadmap identifies major trends in the evolution of Modeling Simulation and Design Tools, 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 OEMs generally have a good grasp of what and how to model since historically that was their responsibility.  The issue of EMS and Component suppliers incorporating system level details in their product/process development is raised.  The thinking appears to be OEM-centric.  Often the available software tools, research, etc. are heavily focused on problems faced by the OEMs – i.e. system level issues.  This is a reflection of the investments by OEMs in the various tools and research.

It is important that CSs (component suppliers) and EMSs (electronic manufacturing services) companies incorporate system-level thinking in their product roadmaps and modeling strategies.  However, what is equally necessary is the deployment of M&S by CSs and EMS’s to improve their processes (process modeling).  CSs, especially, are lower in the “food chain” and hence can lack the extent of resources available to the EMS companies and OEMs. Some unique challenges faced by CSs (and to some extent EMS companies) that inhibit extensive use of M&S are:

  • Fundamental understanding of new material sets, green material sets
  • Non-availability of property databases for the material sets
  • Mathematical formulations describing governing laws for materials and processes
  • Testing infrastructure
  • Cost-effective software tools with advanced physical models
  • Attraction of personnel with advanced M&S skills.

The complete report provides a full coverage of emerging and disruptive technologies across the electronics industry:  Order 2015 iNEMI Roadmap today.


Date of Publication:
Apr 7, 2015
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