NEWS RELEASE: iNEMI / IPC White Paper on Complex Integrated Systems Highlights Future Technology and Manufacturing Ecosystem Needs

An iNEMI/IPC white paper, “Complex Integrated Systems: The Future of Electronics Manufacturing,” provides a guide for cross-industry efforts and R&D partnerships that will be critical to CIS success.

MORRISVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA USA (March 25, 2024) — Today's system solutions combine more varied functionality, such as digital, analog, optical, micro-mechanical, etc., packed into smaller form factors. As a result, electronics manufacturing has to deliver increasingly complex integration of diverse technologies with system designs that blur the distinction between chip, package, board, and assembly. 

As the industry evolves with new applications and architectures, complexity in design and manufacturing and the supporting infrastructures (e.g., metrology, standards, etc.) will be challenging.  iNEMI and IPC have recently published a white paper, “Complex Integrated Systems: The Future of Electronics Manufacturing,” intended to guide and focus cross-industry efforts and partnerships in the necessary research and development, as well as the manufacturing capability scale-up, that will be critical to success.

The paper explores several issues, including: 

  • Sample use-case applications needing CIS, such as:

    • Massive wireless broadband with 5G mmWave systems

    • High-performance computing applications in mobile equipment and data centers

    • XR (extended reality) devices, including augmented reality (AR) virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) 

    • Advanced driver assistance systems for passenger vehicles

    • Integrated photonics 

  • The CIS manufacturing ecosystem and the challenges of shifting roles within that ecosystem

  • The impact on the complete product life cycle, including design, test, manufacturing and end of life 

  • Roadmap of technical needs along with gaps, challenges and potential solutions

  • Recommendations and calls to action

“CIS is driven by fast-growing market segments such as 5G mmWave communications, advanced assisted driving systems, and virtual and augmented reality,” said Grace O'Malley, iNEMI chief technology officer. “Electronics manufacturing is already investing tens of billions of dollars annually into manufacturing capabilities for CIS. This white paper grapples with the big technology issues that the industry should collectively address to ensure an adaptive, profitable CIS manufacturing ecosystem.”

“It's great that INEMI and IPC were able to collaborate on such an important topic as complex integrated systems,” said Matt Kelly, IPC chief technology officer and vice president, technology solutions. “The concept of CIS is important to understand. It is an integral part of a 'silicon to systems' approach that is needed for next-generation electronic products spanning HPC, AI, 5G/6G wireless, and EV automotive electronic applications.”


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"Complex Integrated Systems: The Future of Electronics Manufacturing is now available. Visit to download the white paper.

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The immediate cross-industry task is to define in detail the key technical issues and develop approaches to solve these issues in a precompetitive space. Follow-on activities will include creating tailored project-based learning programs, identifying and addressing standardization needs, and leveraging collaboration opportunities across different government-funded initiatives. If you are interested in getting involved in this effort, please sign up at

About IPC

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 3,200 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, advanced packaging, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. 

About iNEMI

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is an industry-led consortium that forecasts and accelerates innovation in the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Comprising leading manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities, iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, and helps eliminate those gaps through timely, high-impact collaborations among our members. These collaborations support our members' businesses and help drive the industry by accelerating the deployment of new technologies, developing industry infrastructure, stimulating standards development, and disseminating efficient business practices. iNEMI is based in Morrisville, North Carolina, USA. For additional information, visit

For additional information, contact:
Cynthia Williams
+1 207-671-7780 




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