This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent developments in wearables, imaging systems, and advanced data storage systems. Innovations profiled include wearables for detecting seizures by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), using walking patterns to power and authenticate wearables by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), a camera to see invisible objects by ICFO –Institute of Photonic Sciences, data storage for unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned underwater vehicles by Phoenix International Systems, and wearables to improve sports performance by TURINGSENSE.
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: imaging systems, CMOS, data storage, sports wearables