The U.S. Department of Energy has published the 2012 edition of the Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D Roadmap. Complementing the SSL R&D Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) that guides the Core and Product Development R&D programs, the Roadmap's primary goal is to guide the manufacturing R&D program and help direct funding solicitations for it. The Roadmap also provides guidance for equipment and material suppliers, based on industry consensus on the expected evolution of SSL manufacturing—thereby reducing risk, improving quality, increasing yields, and lowering costs.
The 2012 Roadmap follows a similar pattern to the 2011 version, but with a few noteworthy revisions. In a departure from previous editions, nearly all of the manufacturing task descriptions highlighted as priorities have been included, and have been updated according to progress toward eventual goals. In addition, the 2012 Roadmap reflects an emphasis on cost reductions, not price, which is critical to understanding the significant economic added value of SSL technology.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the updated Roadmap.