This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent developments in wearables, charging methods, and optical circuits. Innovations profiled include a wearable for clinical quality data by Biostrap LLC, a wireless charging laptop to reduce user inconvenience by Dell, a self-learning artificial intelligence platform for wearables by Aira, a display for projecting 3D images for wearable headsets by the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and optical circuits to process data at the speed of light by Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS).
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, wireless charging, AI platform for wearables, 3D imaging, optical circuit