(HERNDON, VIRGINIA — February 3, 2010) — Work on the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s (iNEMI’s) 2011 Roadmap begins in earnest this month with the North American kick-off of the roadmap’s Technology Working Groups (TWGs). The meeting, hosted by iNEMI member Agilent Technologies, is scheduled for February 23-24 in Santa Clara, Calif.
iNEMI is also scheduling a webinar on March 19 to review information from the Medical and Automotive PEGs with the European market.
“The TWG kick-off lays the foundation for the work that will be done between now and September, when final roadmap chapters are due,” said Chuck Richardson, director of roadmapping for iNEMI. “It brings together the PEGs and the TWGs to review technology requirements by product sector and develop cross-cutting relationships among the various TWGs.
“We’re planning the PEG webinar to get input from the European market,” Richardson continued. “Several leadership companies in both the medical and automotive sectors are based in Europe and we want to be sure that our projections regarding future product needs are on track.”
Additional roadmap meetings will be scheduled this spring and summer, including workshops in Europe, hosted by IMEC in Leuven, Belgium; North America; and Asia, hosted by TPCA (Taiwan Printed Circuit Association) in Taipei, Taiwan, and co-sponsored by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA), Advanced Microsystems and Package Technology Alliance (AMPA) and Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) Taiwan. Watch the iNEMI website for additional meeting details for all of these meetings.
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s mission is to forecast and accelerate improvements in the electronics manufacturing industry for a sustainable future. This industry-led consortium is made up of approximately 100 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies. The consortium also works with government agencies, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives. iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan. For additional information about iNEMI, go to http://www.inemi.org.