EGG Follow-Up Webinar (November 30, 2016)

This webinar continued the discussions started at the iNEMI forum at Electronics Goes Green. Participants helped identify several needs regarding recycling, eco-design and sustainability, and developed proposals for five potential projects for 2017.

Research Webinar: DfR Solutions (December 2016)

Developing Damage Models for Solder Joints Exposed to Complex Stress States: Influence of Potting, Coating, Mirroring, and Housing on Solder Joint Fatigue

This webinar presents the development of a novel specimen designed to create axial loads in solder joints. Encapsulation materials are used in the specimen as the main axial deformation driver. A modeling approach will be presented based on cracking energy density tested in an effort to fit a damage parameter to TMF life of solder joints in axial loading.

iNEMI ROI Calculator

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Fourth Quarter 2016 Member Update Webinar

Presentations and recording from the iNEMI 4th Quarter Member Webinar (October 31/November 1 & November 3). Available to members only.

End-of-Project Webinar: Warpage Characteristics of Organic Packages, Phase 3

This end-of-project webinar, held October 28, 2016, reviews the project team’s analysis of the four metrologies used to characterize, measure and present the dynamic warpage of electronic packages as a function of temperature. Their intent was not to declare a best tool but, rather, to provide comparative aspects across the metrologies and tools for those considering a specific use model.

Presentations from the iNEMI PCB/PCBA Seminar

This meeting focused industry discussion on PCB and PCB assembly related technologies. Hosted by Lenovo, it was held in Taipei, Taiwan on October 25, 2016.

End-of-Project Webinar: DC-DC Power Module, Phase 2

The end-of-project webinar for the DC-DC Power Module Project reviewed results of the project team’s work to design and test prototypes of a DC-DC converter to prove out the electrical and mechanical engineering specification requirements developed during Phase 1. 

Electronic Materials for Automotive Harsh Environment

This paper was presented by Steve Payne (iNEMI) at the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) Conference (October 20, 2016; Solihull, UK).

Medical Product Sector 2015/17 Roadmap Highlights

This presentation is from the Medical Electronics Symposium 2016 (September 14-15, Portland, Oregon), co-sponsored by SMTA, iNEMI and MEPTEC.

Collaborative Industrial Consortia Program for Characterizing Thermal Fatigue Reliability of Third Generation Pb-Free Alloys

This paper, presented at SMTA International 2016, describes the planning and progress of iNEMI’s experimental program for evaluating the thermal fatigue performance of a number of third generation alternative Pb-free solder alloys.

iNEMI Connector Reliability Test Recommendations Project Report

This whitepaper by the iNEMI Connector Reliability Test Recommendations Project summarizes the findings of their review of current standards pertaining to connector reliability, defines a multi-level interconnect hierarchy and a matrix of application classes, and discusses possible connector reliability test strategies based on the interconnect hierarchy developed.

Automotive Panel — ESTC 2016

This automotive panel roundtable — Miniaturization & System Integration Challenges for Automotive Applications — brought together leaders in the automotive OEM supply chain to discuss trends and the associated packaging solutions for the industry.

Research Priorities

The aim of publishing the iNEMI Research Priorities is to facilitate the development of solutions to the identified longer term pre-competitive needs of the electronics industry worldwide. This document presents the consensus on R&D needs identified by the 2015 iNEMI Roadmapping process. This Research Priorities document is intended as a resource for all who are directing R&D funding and execution in the areas of electronics and electronics manufacturing globally.

New Technologies, Materials or Assembly Processes: Assembly-Level Reliability Qualification for Enterprise PCBAs

iNEMI’s PCBA Reliability Qualification Project developed the requirements outlined in this document for the assembly-reliability qualification of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) used in enterprise products. The recommendations establish a common hardware reliability qualification process for computing hardware, and may be used to qualify new aspects of manufacturing and design such as new manufacturing facilities, changes in materials, process, and new design elements. 

Lead-Free Rework Optimization Project: Assembly and Rework Evaluation

The Lead-Free Rework Optimization Project used the rework processes developed by previous phases to assemble and rework boards and perform reliability testing to validate the rework processes developed. Part 2 of the end-of-project presentation discusses the results of rework for adjacent components, BGA sockets, mini-pots, PDIPs, and DIMMs.  

Rare Earth Metals —Current Status & Future Outlook

This whitepaper reviews the status of rare earth metal (REM) supplies (as of 2014), reviews the events that led to a shortage of REMS, and discusses future options for successful management of the REM industry. Specifically, this document discusses the sources of REM ores and processed materials, the technologies that have increased demand, and the political and economic climate  that led to the current supply situation. Potential solutions to prevent future supply constraints are identified for further discussion.

Board Assist Self-Test (BA-BIST): Short-Term and Long-Term Strategies for Use Case Standardization

This presentation introduces the concept of board-assist (BA-BIST) as enhanced IC BIST functionality for board testability and fault isolation. It discusses the board defects targeted by BA-BIST, the most required BISTs, industry “use cases” for board test BA-BIST, and the relation to existing standards. (Presented at APEX 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.)

High Performance Packaging - What Does the Future Hold? 

This presentation provides highlights of the iNEMI Packaging Roadmap, including packaging trends. high-performance packaging technologies, and packaging challenges.  (2014 High Performance Packaging Workshop, Oxford, England.) 

Assessment of Reliability Standards for Implantable Medical Electronics

The Reliability Requirements for Implantable Medical Devices Project focused on defining requirements for implantable reliability specifications (specifically, FDA class 3 devices). This paper reports on the project’s review of existing reliability, quality and safety standards specific to implantable electronic devices. It includes the results of an industry survey of commonly used/modified test standards, and makes recommendations regarding test standards to be developed.  (ICEP 2015, Kyoto, Japan.)

Electronic Industry Collaboration - Critical 21st Century Supply Chain Tools

This keynote presentation reviews 2015 Roadmap highlights from several product sectors (portable/wireless, automotive, medical) plus the MEMS technology chapter. It also discusses examples of collaborative projects and emphasizes the advantages of industry collaboration. (2015 International Conference on Soldering & Reliability, Toronto, Canada) 

iNEMI Project on Automotive Electronic Material Challenges

The Automotive Electronic Material Challenges Project team discusses the dominant failure mechanisms in automotive electronics for selected components and materials. They also analyze the correlation of material properties to specific environmental conditions, identify gaps between standard consumer electronic test methods and typical automotive test conditions, and present their methodology for analysis. (Presented at ICEPT 2015, Changsha, China.)

The Increasing Importance & Challenges of Packaging in The 21st Century

This presentation highlights information from the 2015 Roadmap, focusing on packaging technology. (Presented at ISMP 2015, Seoul, Korea.)

iNEMI Overview Presentation

This presentation gives a complete overview of what iNEMI is, what membership includes and requires, and explains the benefits of joining iNEMI.

2015 Results and 2017 iNEMI Roadmap Preview of Selected IoT, Board Assembly & Optoelectronics Chapter Highlights

This presentation given at SMTA International 2016 provides a preview of highlights from select chapters of the 2017 iNEMI Roadmap — IoT, Board Assembly and Optoelectronics.

iNEMI Research Webinar: Assessment of the Reliability of Lead-Free Solder Joints

This iNEMI research webinar focused on a model developed by Binghamton University to determine the thermal fatigue of lead-free solder joints. Their approach allows for the generalization of observed trends and leads to recommendations for test protocols and guidelines. Presented by Peter Borgesen, PhD, Professor of Systems Science & Industrial Engineering and a member of the Materials Science program at Binghamton University (SUNY).

iNEMI Forum — Electronics Goes Green 2016

This iNEMI forum — Recycling electronics alone won’t save the planet (or make you rich) — included presentations from a group of panelists plus open discussion among forum participants. Discussions focused on how the electronics industry might develop a value recovery approach for electronics reuse and recycling. Presentations from the forum panelists are available for download.

Lead-Free Rework Optimization Project: Solder Joint Characterization & Reliability

Part 1 of the end-of-project presentation of the Lead-Free Rework Optimization Project covers solder joint characterization and reliability. The project evaluated and recommended best practices, rework equipment requirements, impact of adjacent component temperatures and procedures for best practice lead-free rework processing. This presentation discusses details of the accelerated thermal cycling (ATC) test results plus solder joint and plated through hole (pth) copper knee thickness characterization 

Component Specifications for Medical Products

The Component Specifications for Medical Products Project addressed the lack of industry-wide medical specifications for the qualification of components or their suppliers. This report summarizes the work conducted by this iNEMI project team to identify relevant critical components and then, using a case study of a specific critical component, to assess the level of understanding and technical knowledge needed to develop a relevant specification for that component that would be appropriate for medical devices.

Development of a Methodology to Determine Risk of Counterfeit Use

"This whitepaper by iNEMI's Counterfeit Components Project takes a comprehensive view of the counterfeit components problem by surveying the possible points of entry in the supply chain and assessing the impact of counterfeit components on the industry at various points of use. The project team also proposes a risk assessment calculator that can be used to quantify the risks of procuring counterfeit parts.

Investigation into Challenges of Using .BSDL

This presentation discusses the Boundary Scan Project’s investigation into the challenges of using .bdsl files and reports the results of a survey focused on .bsdl file generation, validation, and industry usage. (Presented at APEX 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.)

iNEMI Report on State of Metals Recycling

This paper by the Metals Recycling Project discusses the state of metals recovery and recycling in the electronics industry.

Repair & Recycling Metrics

This paper reports on the findings of the Recycling and Repair Metrics Project’s assessment of the type and quality of metrics available to the electronics industry for measuring an electronic product’s true recyclability, reusability, repairability and refurbish-ability. It also looks at whether existing metrics are adequate to meet the needs of the industry and makes recommendations for changes and further study.

Recent Trends of Package Warpage Characteristic

Dynamic warpage trends for package-on-package and its memory, plastic ball grid array and flipped chip ball grid array packages are presented to provide an overview of current industry trends of package warpage. The effect of bake and manufacturing exposure time on package dynamic warpage and the challenges in quantifying shape will be discussed and recommended for future package warpage characterization. (Presented at the 2015 ICEP conference in Kyoto, Japan.)

Trends and Challenges for Data Centers - Highlights from the 2015 iNEMI Technology Roadmap

Based on the 2015 iNEMI Roadmap, this presentation looks at what's happening in the market and in the industry, reviews new technology developments, identifies what is needed for the future, and discusses how collaboration and reduce risk and accelerate transformation. (Presented at the University of Manchester’s Datacentre Transformation Manchester 2015; Manchester, England.)

Testing Printed Circuit Boards for Creep Corrosion in Flowers of Sulfur Chamber 

The iNEMI Creep Corrosion project discusses the flowers-of-sulfur (FOS) based qualification test it developed to determine creep corrosion on printed-circuit boards (PCBs). This paper reviews details of the testing completed and results of several of the test runs. The team is recommending this test be considered by the industry as a qualification test for creep corrosion on PCBs. (Presented at SMTA International 2015, Rosemont, Illinois USA.)

iNEMI Overview Flyer

This overview flyer highlights what iNEMI is, what membership includes and requires, and explains the benefits of joining iNEMI.

2015 Roadmap Executive Summary Highlights

The Executive Summary Highlights provide a high-level overview of some of the major trends and key drivers identified in the 2015 Roadmap.