IRDS™ Process

This initiative focuses on an International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS™) through the work of roadmap teams closely aligned with the advancement of the devices and systems industries. Led by an international roadmap committee (IRC), International Focus Teams (IFTs) will collaborate in the development of a roadmap, and engage with other segments of the IEEE, such as Rebooting Computing, and related industry communities, in complementary activities to help ensure alignment and consensus across a range of stakeholders, such as:

  • Academia
  • Consortia
  • Industry
  • National laboratories

IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, through the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) program, supports the IRDS™ to ensure alignment and consensus across a range of stakeholders to identify trends and develop the roadmap for all of the related technologies in the computer industry.

The IRDS™ is an IEEE Standards Association Industry Connections activity and supported by the IEEE Rebooting Computing (IEEE RC) Initiative in consultation from many IEEE Operating Units and Partner organizations including:


“A major new initiative, the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems will ensure alignment and consensus across a range of stakeholders to identify trends and develop the road map for all related technologies in the computer industry. With the launch of the IRDS™ program, IEEE is taking the lead in building a comprehensive, end-to-end view of the computing ecosystem, including devices, components, systems, architecture, and software.”
– Barry Shoop, 2 December 2016, The Institute


IRDS™ Mission

To identify the roadmap of the electronic industry from devices to systems and from systems to devices.

Who We Are
Our roadmap executive committee is comprised of leaders from five regions of the world: Europe, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S.A.

The 2018 IRDS™ roadmap IFTs are:

  • Application Benchmarking
  • System and Architecture
  • More Moore
  • Beyond CMOS
  • Cryogenic Electronics and Quantum Information Processing
  • Packaging Integration
  • Outside System Connectivity
  • Factory Integration
  • Lithography
  • Metrology
  • Emerging Research Materials
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • Yield

Participants of the IRDS™ are:

Related work:
Previous versions of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors 2.0 (ITRS2.0) can be found at the ITRS website.

Our Subject Matter Experts include industry leaders from these communities:

  • Device and Systems Manufacturers
  • Researchers
  • Suppliers
  • Vendors
  • Computer Manufacturers

  • Process and Device Modeling Companies
  • MEMS and NEMS Manufacturers
  • Semiconductor Process Equipment Manufacturers
  • Integrated Circuit CAD Vendors

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  • Each of the IFTs will assess present status and future evolution of the ecosystem in their specific field of expertise and produce a 15 year roadmap
  • This includes: evolution, key challenges, major roadblocks and possible solutions
  • Integration of all the IFTs roadmaps will produce a 15-year roadmap
  • This IRDS™, in cooperation with RCI, will
    • Identify the technology needs and the key enablers, potential solutions, and areas of innovations in order to resolve challenges and meet the 15-year targets for the industries enabled by the IRDS™.
    • Identify any potential cooperation with organizations interested to demonstrating possible solutions

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  • 2018 Edition IRDS™ Roadmap Reports
  • 2017 Edition IRDS™ Roadmap Reports
  • Identifying key trends related to devices, systems, and all related technologies by generating a roadmap with a 15-year horizon
  • Determining generic devices' and systems' needs, challenges, potential solutions, and opportunities for innovation.
  • Encouraging related activities world-wide through collaborative events such as related IEEE conferences and roadmap workshops
  • Visit our Reports page for other IRDS™ white papers and reports.

Policy and Procedures (PDF, 131 KB)

Interested in participating on one of the Focus Teams? Please contact

Join our IRDS™ Community on IEEE Collabratec.

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