IEEE Releases the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS)

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated
to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the release of the
2017 edition of the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems
(IRDS), building upon 15 years of projecting technology needs for
evolving the semiconductor and computer industries. The IRDS is an IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) Program
sponsored by the IEEE Rebooting Computing (IEEE RC) Initiative, which
has taken a lead in building a comprehensive view of the devices,
components, systems, architecture, and software that comprise the global
computing ecosystem.

According to Paolo A. Gargini, IEEE and Japan Society of Applied Physics
(JSAP) Fellow, and Chairman of IRDS, “Over the past decade the structure
and requirements of the electronics industry have evolved well beyond
the semiconductor’s industry requirements. In line with the changes in
the new electronics ecosystem, the 2017 IRDS has integrated system
requirements with device requirements and identified some new powerful
solutions that will support and revolutionize the electronics industry
for the next 15 years.”

According to William Tonti, IEEE Fellow and IEEE Future Directions Sr.
Director, “The IRDS presents an end-to-end continuum of computing as
requirements evolve into multiple platforms.”

IRDS work first began in 2016, followed by the release of nine
whitepapers that outlined the roadmap’s scope and descriptions in March
2017. As the computing ecosystem moves to accommodate a new industrial
revolution driven by an ever-increasing digitized and connected society,
IRDS efforts have expanded to produce an extended overview and 12
focused reports.

“This is the first comprehensive roadmap of the electronics industry
that starts by addressing applications needs, and then drills down all
the way to identifying materials, device and manufacturing needs. At a
time when the industry is at an historic inflection point, the IRDS 2017
roadmap points the way to the future,” said IEEE Fellow Thomas M. Conte,
co-chair, IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative, Vice-Chair of IRDS, and
Professor, Schools of Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

IRDS International Focus Teams (IFTs) use a bottoms-up and tops-down
approach to react to industry indicators and trends, as well as to
review current and future projections of quantified targets for a
variety of critical technologies and domains. These include system
attributes for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and IoT edge,
cyber-physical systems, and cloud computing.

In 2017, IEEE formalized IRDS partnerships with regional roadmaps in
Europe and Japan. As part of the evolution of the NanoElectronics
Roadmap for Europe: Identification and Dissemination (NEREID, Horizon
2020), memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed with the SiNANO
Institute in Europe, and with the Systems and Devices Roadmap committee
of Japan (SDRJ), the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP).

“It is important that we come together to build a comprehensive roadmap
for computing devices and systems that takes into account a wide range
of domains and input from global stakeholders committed to advancing the
computing ecosystem with IoT edge and CPS devices,” said Yoshihiro
Hayashi, IRC and Chairman of SDRJ. “In doing so, we can better ensure
that computing meets the technology demands from a rapidly evolving,
digitized world economy.”

“The IRDS represents a global effort to ensure the continued evolution
of computing is fully aligned with industry needs and is prepared to
meet the technological challenges as we move towards an even greater
connected digital world,” said Francis Balestra, NEREID Coordinator. “We
are encouraged that our cooperation with the IRDS will lend perspectives
to assist in its overall mission,” said Enrico Sangiorgi, Director of

“As the global industry association representing the electronics
manufacturing supply chain, SEMI is pleased to continue to partner with
IEEE to provide what we see as critical industry validation for this and
future technology roadmaps,” said Ajit Manocha, President and CEO, SEMI.

IRDS roadmap reports are freely available
for download. Feedback from industry and the public is encouraged
and subject matter experts across the roadmap domains are invited to
contribute to the next edition of the IRDS. IEEE plans to release an
interactive version of the roadmaps on IEEE Xplore soon, with the
goal of enabling information and fresh perspective to flow back to the
IRDS roadmap teams, informing ongoing roadmap work. Join the IRDS team
for further discussion at the Fall IRDS Conference – in partnership with
the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC) and
as part of the 2018
IEEE Rebooting Computing Week – scheduled for 5-6 November 2018 in
Tysons, Virginia.

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