IEEE Update of the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDSTM) Sets Course for Computer and Electronics Industry Growth

Roadmap projects technology requirements for advancing the global computing and electronics ecosystem

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 23, 2019 — IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the release of the updated IEEE International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS). The IRDS identifies industry indicators and trends to quantify technology and system requirements. These include defining requirements for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), communications-networks, automotive and computing. The IRDS aims to provide stakeholders from academia, manufacturing, supply, and research a clear outline for a more coordinated approach regarding the development of electronic devices and systems.

“To reflect the continuously changing ecosystem of the electronics industry, the IRDS updates continuously with new trends,” said Paolo A. Gargini, chairman of IRDS. The updated IRDS includes new information on cryogenic electronics and quantum information processing, added benchmarks for applications, and supplemental information and metrics from the More Moore team. In addition, there’s a newly released summary from Beyond CMOS, and updates for emerging devices, outside systems connectivity technology, factory integration (including smart manufacturing and security topics), metrology, and yield enhancement. Market drivers for medical devices and a new automotive market drivers report are also included.

"The IRDS continues to lead as the go-to reference for researchers, developers and technologists around the world by providing a comprehensive overview of the computer and electronics industry’s trajectory,” said IEEE Fellow Thomas M. Conte, co-chair, IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative, vice-chair of IRDS, and professor, Georgia Institute of Technology. “The updated IRDS builds upon 16 years of projecting technology needs for the evolving semiconductor and computer industries.”

IRDS partners with regional roadmaps in Europe and Japan. There are memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the NanoElectronics Roadmap for Europe: Identification and Dissemination (NEREID, Horizon 2020), of the SiNANO Institute in Europe, and with the Systems and Devices Roadmap committee of Japan (SDRJ) of the Japan Society of Applied Physics.

“The IRDS represents a global effort needed for future computing systems covering many different applications. These worldwide roadmapping activities will allow our community to identify and overcome emerging challenges in this field and to speed-up technology innovation that can drive the development of future markets," said Francis Balestra , member, Governing Board of the SiNANO Institute, director of research, The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and vice president of Grenoble Institute of Technology.

“The IRDS addresses a wide range of domains and includes invaluable input from global stakeholders who are committed to advancing the computing ecosystem with IoT edge and cyber-physical system (CPS) devices,” said Yoshihiro Hayashi, IRC and chairman of SDRJ, and visiting professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University.

The updated IRDS can be downloaded by visiting the IRDS home page and joining the IRDS Technical Community. The IRDS is an IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) Industry Connections (IC) Program sponsored by the IEEE Rebooting Computing (IEEE RC) Initiative, a program of IEEE Future Directions.

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