IPC Releases 2002/2003 Technology Roadmap, Provides Industry With Strategic Assistance for the Future


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Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of The 2002/2003 National Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections.

The IPC Roadmap provides a glimpse at the product development, process development and service needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) over the next 10 years and analyzes how these needs correspond to the requirements of printed circuit board (PCB) and electronics assembly industries.

To assure the most strategic and valuable document for the electronics industry, IPC linked the 2002/2003 Roadmap with those produced by the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) by cross-membership of the participating OEMs.

Each chapter of the IPC Roadmap contains specific findings and recommendations that address current, near-term, mid-term and long-term OEM requirements, proposed actions and opportunities. The 480-page document encompasses the supply chain infrastructure needed for single chip and multi-chip packaging, printed board issues, assembly considerations, optoelectronics and related management, and environmental key pressure points.

IPC also included several new features in The 2002/2003 National Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections. In its multi-dimensional analysis of market, performance and technology sectors, IPC added detailed studies of optoelectronics, connectors, backplanes, industry validation, PCB surface finishes and operational assembly issues.

In addition, the IPC Roadmap Executive Committee, chaired by Jack Fisher, Interconnect Technology Analysis, was able to use the Printed Board Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) Benchmark Database for the first time in validating its technology roadmap data, identifying inconsistencies and expanding the Roadmap's reach. The database, developed by IPC and Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.), allows PCB supply chain management teams from OEM and electronic manufacturing service companies to statistically benchmark their board suppliers, perform intelligent sourcing, and ensure design for manufacturability.

IPC's Online Store houses a vast library of IPC products, including more than 1,000 standards, publications and training sources on electronics assembly, circuit board fabrication and design; more than 440 technical papers submitted at IPCWorks, IPC Annual Meeting, IPC Printed Circuits Expo and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX technical conferences; and more than 4,000 downloadable technical graphic images.

IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,300 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. For more information, visit www.ipc.org.

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