iNEMI releases 2005 research priorities
Nov 15, 2005
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), an industry-led consortium focused on strengthening the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, has announced the release of its 2005 Research Priorities.
This document, which presents the consensus on R&D needs identified in the 2004 iNEMI Roadmap, is intended to help the electronics manufacturing industry focus efforts on those areas and issues that are critical to future competitiveness.
"The 2004 iNEMI Roadmap indicates that most of today's key semiconductor and electronic packaging technologies are not capable of meeting the needs of the industry in 2015. If these challenges are not promptly addressed with innovative solutions, the continued viability of the electronics manufacturing industry will weaken over the next decade," says Robert C. Pfahl Jr., vice president of operations for iNEMI. "The iNEMI Research Priorities help focus attention on the critical areas that will yield the greatest return on research investment."
The 2005 iNEMI Research Priorities are part of iNEMI's proven planning methodology, which ensures that its members focus on high-impact areas where they can make a difference in the marketplace. This process involves five basic steps:
- Create industry roadmaps by drawing upon the expertise of a broad cross-section of individuals from industry, academia and government. The results of this work are open to the electronics industry worldwide.
- Identify the major areas on which iNEMI will focus deployment efforts, based on need, participation and ability to make a business impact.
- Conduct a gap analysis on each of these major areas to identify the key challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
- Create five-year plans that identify the projects and activities deemed necessary to close the gaps identified for each of the major areas. These plans become the basis for the formation of iNEMI deployment projects.
- Develop a 10-year vision of research needs to ensure a vibrant, innovative electronics industry by prioritizing the research needs identified in the iNEMI Roadmap. The prioritized research needs and options are the core of the iNEMI Research Priorities and are distributed as resource materials for industry, research institutes and funding agencies.
The 2005 iNEMI Research Priorities are available on the iNEMI website at