This issue of Microelectronics TOE profiles recent advancements in system-on-chip (SoC) technology and provides strategic insights on IP, growth factors, challenges, and application scope. Innovations profiled include Mediatek's 10 nm fabricated SoC, NVIDIA's SoCs for autonomous vehicles, a semiconductor IP platform for performance enhancement by Ultra SoC, and the 5th generation of EyeQ SoCs by Mobileye for intelligent vehicle systems.
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: System-on-chip, SoC, wearable electronics, smart devices, smart cars