This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent developments in solid state lighting and wearables. Innovations profiled include next-gen light-emitting diode (LED) driver for offline lighting applications by Microchip Technology Inc., wearables suitable for industrial safety by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, flexible supercapacitors for wearable electronics by the City University of Hong Kong, an innovative wearable for full body scanning by Opnwatr.io, and wearables suitable for measuring customer experience by mPath.
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: LED lighting, solid state lighting, wearables, flexible electronics, flexible wearables, flexible supercapacitors, wearable electronics