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April 7, 2009 - IPC unveiled IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) to help companies in manufacturing supply chains understand small and crucial technological changes alike. The roadmap, derived from 2-year study, provides companies with vision and direction for product and process development and services concerning future technology landscape of PCB and electronics assembly industries, focusing exclusively on manufacturing substrates and assemblies.

IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections Debuts at IPC Apex Expo(TM)

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IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
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Bannockburn, IL, 60015

Press release date: April 1, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, April 1, 2009 - Over the next several years, the electronic interconnect industry will experience numerous technological changes - some small and hardly noticeable, while others may genuinely transform the industry. For any company in the electronics manufacturing supply chain, having an understanding of these changes can mean the difference between success and failure. To provide companies with vision and direction for product and process development and services, IPC has unveiled IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections at IPC APEX EXPO, March 31-April 2, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The product of an extensive, two-year study, the IPC Roadmap provides insight into the future technology landscape of the printed circuit board and electronics assembly industries, focusing exclusively on the manufacture of substrates and assemblies.

"The roadmap represents a quantitative summary of the expected changes in board, component and assembly technology from 2008 to 2018, and includes new unique interconnection and assembly potential chapters that show revolutionary applications which are still in the embryonic stage," says Jack Fisher, chairman, IPC Roadmap Committee. "All this information enables companies to test their short- and long-term goals within a future technology framework. Best of all, the roadmap was purposely designed as an 'operational level' roadmap to help companies gain an acute understanding for virtually every operation on the manufacturing floor."

The foundation of the IPC Roadmap is its "product emulators" - used to depict OEM needs. Emulators reflect a specific product type as represented by a specific board assembly or piece of equipment. Created with valuable input from several OEMs and experts, the emulators embrace more than one technology philosophy and provide important information for future process and equipment development.

Used in the IPC roadmap process since 1995, the emulator concept has been successful in reflecting advances in technology in four time periods (current, near-term, mid-term, and long-term). Product emulators for the 2008-2009 IPC Roadmap are: electronic games (portable); consumer products (under $500); hand-held/wireless electronics; mid-range performance electronics; high performance systems (mainframe, server, mass storage); RF and microwave electronics (10 mhz); harsh environments/aerospace; and harsh environments/auto electronics.

New this year, a software analysis program developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is included with the roadmap. The NIST program enables companies to enter its products so that their features can be compared individually to the technology drivers used to define the emulators.

An asset for any manager involved in long-range planning for their company, the IPC Roadmap peers into future technological advances and how the printed board and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industries will cope with the integration of electronics into smaller and denser packages.

The IPC Roadmap may be purchased on CD for $75 (U.S.) for IPC members or $150 (U.S.) for nonmembers. During IPC APEX EXPO, it is on sale in the IPC bookstore (located on the show floor) at the member price of $75.00 for all attendees. For more information or to purchase, visit

About IPC IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, 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 $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.
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