This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent developments in imaging systems, wearables, self-learning machines, and data storage systems. Innovations profiled include a multifunctional camera with 360 degree monitoring by Avisonic, a watch for heart rate monitoring during multiple activities by Nokia, a next-gen wearable platform supporting long-term evolution (LTE) by Qualcomm, a high-value data storage server using redundant array of independent disks by Synology Inc., and a self-learning brain-inspired chip that is capable of composing music by the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre.
The Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures global electronics-related innovations and developments on a weekly basis. Developments are centred on electronics attributed by low power and cost, smaller size, better viewing, display and interface facilities, wireless connectivity, higher memory capacity, flexibility and wearables. Research focus themes include small footprint lightweight devices (CNTs, graphene), smart monitoring and control (touch and haptics), energy efficiency (LEDs, OLEDs, power and thermal management, energy harvesting), and high speed and improved conductivity devices (SiC, GaN, GaAs).
Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory.
Keywords: Wearables, self-learning, data storage, multifunctional camera, heart monitoring, long-term evolution