This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent developments in wearables, wireless charging, and rapid computing. Innovations profiled include wearable to tackle stress and lack of concentration by Brainno, infinite charging for electric vehicles by the Stanford University, advanced security wearable through real-time imaging and voice alarm by Occly LLC, wireless charging through mousepad for PC gaming by Logitech, and a carbon-based transistor for ultra-fast computing by the University of Central Florida.
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, stress management, wireless charging, electric vehicle charging, security wearables, carbon-based transistor, fast computing, graphene transistor