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IPC Trend Studies pinpoint top 10 trends to watch.

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November 17, 2010 - Research conducted by IPC indicates that the top 10 technology trends to watch in electronics manufacturing include miniaturization, high-performance, HDI, embedded technology, flexible circuits, lead-free, halogen-free, LEDs, optoelectronics, and printed electronics. Free white paper is first in series of studies to assess current state of development and likely future direction of these trends, and to quantify market opportunities these trends represent to electronic interconnect supply chain.

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries - Bannockburn, IL

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First Phase of IPC Electronics Technology Trends Studies Pinpoints the Top 10 Trends to Watch

Press release date: November 15, 2010

Free White Paper Reveals Industry Views on Critical Technologies BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, - Research conducted by IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® indicates the top ten technology trends to watch in electronics manufacturing include:
o miniaturization
o high-performance
o high-density interconnect (HDI)
o embedded technology
o flexible circuits
o lead free
o halogen free
o light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
o optoelectronics
o printed electronics Ideas about the trends have been compiled in a free white paper released by IPC, Report on Phase I of IPC Market Research on Electronics Technology Trends: Insights about 10 Key Trends from Interviews with Industry Experts. Industry experts and executives at printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers, electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as suppliers of materials and equipment to those industries contributed their views on the trends, time horizons and potential impact of these trends. The white paper is available for free download at The white paper is the first output in the development of a series of studies to assess the current state of development and likely future direction of these trends, and to pinpoint and quantify the market opportunities these trends represent to the electronic interconnect supply chain. Phase two in the process will include additional interviews as well as quantitative surveys to collect hard data to augment the qualitative research. This work will culminate with the publication of several new studies in 2011. For more information about the IPC electronics technology trends studies or to participate, contact IPC's director of market research, Sharon Starr, at or +1 847-597-2817. IPC will host conferences on HDI, printed electronics and flexible circuits in 2011. Visit for information. 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; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.


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