Internet of Things (IoT) is driving a global transformation in fields such as communication, entertainment, and industrial manufacturing based on highly differentiated electronic devices that can perform complex tasks to simplify decision making process. The trend that once existed in the semiconductor industry according to Moore’s Law is no longer relevant in current day scenario as the rate of miniaturization has compelled semiconductor manufacturers to bring down the size of silicon chip to less than 10 nm. In order to meet this challenge, major companies including IBM have focused on how material development can aid in reducing the size of transistors. The key focus area for researchers is to find out how the size of the transistor (including its contacts and channels) can be reduced without compromising on performance. Frost & Sullivan has been tracking this space and we have identified key stakeholders in material development, who are working to identify new materials such as carbon nanotube chips, graphene nanowires, and black phosphorus among others as effective replacements for silicon.
In this issue of High Tech Materials TOE, key research outputs from stakeholders across the value chain, key partnerships that are driving change, and strategic focus of top participants in the semiconductor industry that is expected to change the landscape of electronics and computing, are profiled.
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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: Carbon nanotubes, graphene, black phosphorus, semiconductor material, consumer electronics, Internet of Things, transistor, chip fabrication