TOP 50 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: 2021 EDITION - Interactive Deliverable Access

TOP 50 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: 2021 EDITION - Interactive Deliverable Access

Technologies Poised to Transform the Future of Organizations

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For more than a decade, Frost & Sullivan’s Emerging Technology experts have provided specific answers to critical questions, guiding organizations through the Top 50 Emerging Technologies Platform. The team has lived technology discovery for decades and understands the science, the technology, and the details. Cutting-edge intelligence on the 50 most valuable and disruptive technologies explains how they are poised to effect change over the next 4 years.

The 11th edition reveals technology advancements made over the past year as a result of constantly churning tech ecosystems. It provides insight into how these converging technologies will open unprecedented opportunities for new revenue models and innovative solutions that will transform the world in which we live. It is a call to action for chief experience officers and technology, strategy, and innovation executives who focus on explosive growth in the near future.

The 2021 Top 50 technologies program started with the team evaluating more than 3,000 technologies that are at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) between 3 to 9 across corporate, government, academic, and research organizations worldwide. The technologies span 9 areas: advanced manufacturing and automation, chemicals and advanced materials, energy and utilities, environment and sustainability, health and wellness, information and communication technologies, medical devices and imaging, sensors and instrumentation, and microelectronics. Using proprietary Frost & Sullivan methodology, each technology is evaluated considering market potential, IP activity, funding, Mega Trend impact, regional adoption, sectors of economic impact, and disruptiveness to arrive at the Top 50 emerging technologies.

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Table of Contents

Advanced Manufacturing and Automation: Key Observations

Chemicals and Advanced Materials: Key Observations

Energy and Utilities: Key Observations

Environment and Sustainability: Key Observations

Health and Wellness: Key Observations

Information and Communication Technologies: Key Observations

Medical Devices and Imaging: Key Observations

Microelectronics: Key Observations

Sensors and Instrumentation: Key Observations

AMR with Integrated Perception of Autonomy is Poised to disrupt wide range of industry sectors

Technological Advancements, Application Diversity, and Strategic Alliances are Driving Market Growth

Navigation Methodologies and Sensor Advancements are the Epicenter of Focus

Market Penetration and Strengthening R&D are Focus Areas for Investments in AMRs

Companies from the US and Europe are Driving Advancements in Autonomous Mobile Robots

Application Diversity – E-commerce, logistics, Healthcare, Security, Manufacturing, and Automotive are High Impact Sectors

Advancements Enable Opportunities in Remote Environments

Growth Opportunities of Autonomous Mobile Robots

Human Collaboration, ML, Cognitive Insights, and Autonomous Capabilities Drive Growth

Advancements in Enabling Technology are Accelerating Growth and Revenues of Collaborative Manufacturing

Patenting Activities Indicate Parameter Prediction and Intelligent Factory Systems are Some of the Key Research Focus Areas

Notable Funding and Government Initiatives Drive Technology Development

An Ecosystem of Companies Encourages Development of Cognitive Manufacturing

Food and Beverage, Healthcare, Automotive, Aerospace and electronics are High Growth Sectors

Increasing Production and Achieving Full Automation are the Main Drivers for Cognitive Manufacturing Technology

developments in AI Driven manufacturing technologies will pave the way for establishing smart and connected factories

Human Collaboration, ML, Cognitive Insights, and Autonomous Capabilities Drive Growth

The Healthcare, Automotive, and Aerospace Industries Are the Main Targets for Robotic Exoskeleton Suits

Most Patents Pertain to Lightweighting and Assembly Methods

Funding and Mergers and Acquisitions Will Accelerate the Adoption of Robotic Exoskeleton Technology

Companies and Organizations from North America and Asia-Pacific are Driving Advancements in Powered Exosuits

A Focus on Increasing Production and Rehabilitation Efficiency is Driving Market Growth

Soft Robotic Exoskeletons with High Performance Capabilities are Anticipated to be Developed in the Future

WAAM Poised to Transform Large-scale Metal Additive Manufacturing

Europe is Poised to Emerge as a Front-runner in Adoption of WAAM

Increasing the Metal Deposition Rate is a Major Innovation Focus Area

Industry Consortia Driving Rapid Innovations in WAAM

Heavy Industries to Provide High Adoption Opportunity for WAAM in the Long Term

Target New Solutions for Producing Parts Across Heavy Industries

Analysis of Potential Growth Opportunities for WAAM

R&D Activities Coupled With Increasing Funding Are Increasing Commercialization Opportunities in 4D Materials

Shape Morphing Ability of Shape Memory Alloys and Polymers Allows Designing Complex Geometries

4D Materials Largely Investigated for Biomedical Applications in North America

US and China Lead in 4D Materials IP Filing

Both Public and Private Funding Are Focused On New Product Development, Especially in Shape Morphing Materials

4D Materials are Ubiquitous in an Internet of Things World

Companies and Academia Focusing on Improving Material Characteristics Using Novel Chemistry Approaches

Start-ups are Focusing on Improving Flexibility Attributes of Materials

4D Materials for Flexible Electronics, Sensors, and Prosthetics Likely to Gain Momentum

Stakeholders Focused on Developing Hydrophobic Protective Coatings with Multifunctional Characteristics and Exploring New Application Horizons

Need for Digitalization Significantly Accelerated by COVID-19 is Driving the Adoption of 5G Networks and Materials

Need for High Frequencies Push Development of Novel Low-loss 5G Materials

Asia Pacific Leads in Research Activity on 5G Materials and 5G Infrastructure Rollout

Strong Patent Activity by Leading Companies in the Consumer Electronics Industry

Funding Is Primarily Witnessed In Private Sector and Is Driven By Key Chemical Companies

Consumer Electronics and Autonomous Vehicles are Expected to be the High-impact Sectors

Stakeholders are Focused on Adjusting their Portfolios to 5G Requirements

Research Institutes' Contributions to the Innovation Ecosystem are on the Rise

5G Materials Are Key Drivers for Adopting mmWaves in 5G Technology

Advances in Materials Properties and Increased Production Capacity Critical to Widescale 5G Deployment

Alternative Proteins Transforming the Global F&B Landscape

Scaling of Extraction and Processing Methods Critical for Increasing Adoption

Market Growth is Fueled by Rising Consumer Awareness Toward Health and Wellness

Food & Beverage Companies Dominate the Patent Landscape to Try Out New Plant Proteins

Public Funding is Focused on Identifying New Sources While Private Funding is more Inclined Toward Expanding Commercial Facilities

Functional and Nutritional Aspects of Alternative Proteins Enable its Adoption in Consumer Specific and Industrial Segments

Key Protein Manufacturers are Expanding Their Protein Ingredient Portfolio to New Applications

Start-ups and Large Ingredient Developers are Focusing On Manufacturing Alternative Proteins For Food and Nutraceuticals

Leading Users across End Industries Likely to Transform the Global Food Landscape

Alternative Protein Manufacturers Need to Enhance Nutritional and Sensory Profiles to Compete with Animal Proteins

Key Opportunities for Technology Developers Towards Identifying Non-allergenic Varieties and Exploring New Application Horizons

Growing Awareness Regarding Viral Infections Is Driving the Need For Antiviral Surfaces

North America and Europe are Frontrunners in Technology Adoption

Companies and Universities in the US are the Leading in IP Filing Globally

Key Funding Activities are Focused on Developing Antiviral Coatings

Healthcare, Building & Construction, and Automotive are High-impact Sectors

Mid-size Companies and Startups Focus on Developing Customized Products Using Antiviral Technologies

Natural Formulations with Long Lasting Antiviral Activity to Play a Vital Role in Successful Adoption of Antiviral Surfaces

Growth Opportunities across Applications for Antiviral Surfaces

Growing Funding Support Attracts Innovators and Increases Commercialization Opportunities

Focus of Consumer Brands to Introduce Recycled Content in their Products Driving Growth of Circular Polymers

Companies in the US and Europe Lead in Patent Filings

Mix of Public and Private Funding Keeps R&D Efforts High

Food and Beverages, Personal Care, and Pharmaceuticals Sectors Have Well Established Circular Polymer Platforms for Packaging

Stakeholders Focusing on Developing Packaging from Circular Polymers

Mergers and Acquisitions as a Technology Strategy Widespread to Decrease Time to Market of Circular Polymers

Regulatory Agencies to Play a Vital Role in Increasing the Adoption of Circular Polymers

Growth Opportunities Across Applications for Circular Polymers

Increasing Research Activities for Developing Cathodic Materials with Low Cobalt Content

While Lithium Cathode Chemistries Such As NMC Dominate the Advanced Batteries Market, They Lack Safety Performance

Alternative Cathodic Chemistries Likely to Gain Traction Due to Better Safety Profile Than Lithium-ion Based Chemistries

Investigation on Cathodic Materials with Good Stability, Durability, And Capacity Is a Key Focus across Geographies

Companies and Universities in China and the US are the Leading in Patent Filings Related to Cathodic Materials

Increasing Funding Availability Promotes Development of New Cathodic Materials

Growth Potential for Cathodic Materials Driven by Electrification Trends

Manufacturers are Adopting Licensing Strategy to Gain Market Share in Cathodic Materials Technology Area

Contributions to Develop Cobalt-free Cathodic Materials from Start-ups and Industry Participants on the Rise

Efforts to Improve Energy Retention of Cathodic Materials through Durable Coatings Likely to Gain Traction in Coming Years

Investment in Battery Recycling to Extract Pure Cathodic Materials Promotes Sustainability in Cathodic Materials for Energy Storage

Phygital Packaging Transforming the Global Consumer Goods Landscape

Need For Smart Electronic Components and Innovative Materials to Design Easy to Use Phygital Packaging

Market Growth is Fueled by Regulations Centered Around Food Safety

Innovation in Printed Electronics and Sensors Boost IP Filings

Exploration of Renewable Materials for Phygital Packaging is of key Focus for Both Public and Private Entities

F&B, Healthcare, and FMCG Industries to Witness Highest Adoption in the Next Three Years

ICT Companies Active in Collaborating with Packaging Companies for Developing Targeted Solutions

North American and European Companies Lead in Adoption of Phygital Packaging

Integration of Smart Sensors and Printed Electronics Can Boost Phygital Packaging Adoption

Connected and Interactive Packaging to Witness Significant Growth and Investment Opportunities

Growth of Electric Vehicles Driving the Need for Battery Recycling

Hydrometallurgy and Pyrometallurgy to Lead the Way Toward Efficient Battery Recycling

Battery Recycling Process Largely Depends upon the Feed Type and Desired Recovery Efficiencies

Co-existence of Reuse and Recycling for Better End-of-Life Battery Management

Asia-Pacific and North America Lead in Battery Recycling Adoption

China and the US Leading R&D Efforts in Battery Recycling Technologies

Innovative Technologies Driving Cost-effectiveness and Efficiency of Battery Recycling Processes

Digitization of Battery Collection Infrastructure and Technological Advancements to Play a Critical Role

Battery Recycling Expected to Solve Emerging E-waste Management Challenges and Solidify Battery Manufacturing Supply Chain

The Transition to a Climate-neutral Economy and the Global Need to Accelerate Decarbonization is Driving Adoption

Carbon Upcycling Technologies Reduce Carbon Intensity of Fossil Fuels

Benchmarking of Key Carbon Upcycling Pathways

Supportive Government Policies Accelerating Large Scale Deployment of Carbon Upcycling Facilities

Energy, Chemicals, and Environment are the High-impact Industries

Government Funding Promoting R&D of Carbon Upcycling Technologies

China has a Significant Impact on the Patent Landscape in Carbon Upcycling

Cross-industry Collaborations Pave the Way for Innovative End-use Applications

Progressive Improvements Will Enable Significant Cost Reductions in the Deployment of Carbon Upcycling Facilities

Decentralized CCU Hubs Reduce Emissions, Provide Additional Revenue Streams, and Enhance Self-sufficiency

Decreasing Cost of Renewable Power Production and Economies of Scale to Reduce Green Hydrogen Production Cost

Green Hydrogen Expected to Play a Critical Role in the Future of Mobility and Zero Carbon Economy

Alkaline and PEM Electrolyzers to Assist Rapid Deployment of Green Hydrogen in the Near Term

Asia-Pacific and North America Lead in Green Hydrogen Adoption

The US and China Leading R&D Efforts in Green Hydrogen Technologies

Efficient Electrolyzer Design and Lower Energy Prices Will Reduce Green Hydrogen Production Costs

Supply Chain Optimization is Critical for Green Hydrogen Advancement

Green Hydrogen Can Play an Important Role in a Distributed and Decarbonized Energy Industry

Stringent Regulations and Circular Economy Transition Needs Driving Technology Adoption

Closed Loop Waste Reforming Processes Enhance Material Circularity

Europe Implements Advanced Thermochemical Techniques to Enhance Material Resource Recovery

Transformation of Existing Waste Reforming Infrastructure is the Key to Sustainable Development

Government Funding and Private Equity Investment Drive the Adoption

China has a Significant Impact on the Patent Landscape in Thermochemical Waste Reforming

Cross-Industry Collaborations Driving Innovations in Thermochemical Waste Reforming

Technological Advancements will Play a Major Role in Accelerating Commercialization of Thermochemical Waste Reforming Plants

Analysis of Growth Opportunities in Thermochemical Waste Reforming

The Convergence of Digital Platforms and a Distributed Grid Infrastructure Lays the Foundation for Technology Development

Smart Generation, Flexible Distribution, and Energy Prosumers to Build a Comprehensive Grid Edge Infrastructure

Grid Edge Technology to Enable Prosumerism in the Energy Sector

Integration of Distributed Energy Resources and Digital Platforms for Effective Energy Management Will Fuel Adoption

Connectivity and Convergence, Future of Energy, and Smart is the New Green Will Be the Primary Mega Trends Impacting Market Growth

North America Dominates the List of Patents Published

Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Blockchain Platforms Will Transform the Energy Industry

Multinational Conglomerates and Start-ups are Integrating Grid Edge Technologies for Enhanced Energy Network Performance

IT/OT Convergence, Interoperability, and Prosumerism will Pave the Way for the Growth of Grid Edge Technologies

Analysis of Growth Opportunities for Grid Edge

Grid Support Through Load Balancing Ensures Supply Security

Lithium-ion-based Energy Storage Will Strongly Influence Technology Research and Capacity Integration

Long Duration Energy Storage and Rapid Response Times are the Key R&D Focus Areas

Key Application Mapping for Grid Scale Energy Storage Systems

Declining Technology Costs Supported by Favorable Regulatory Initiatives to Drive Technology Adoption

North America Dominates the List of Patents Published

Flow Batteries, Cryogenic Energy Storage, and Novel Pumped Storage Technologies are Gaining Significant Traction

Application Diversity, Enhanced Operational Efficiency, and Safety to Drive Adoption

IT/OT Convergence Will Shape Grid-scale Energy Storage

Analysis of Growth Opportunities for Grid Scale Energy Storage

High-capacity LIBs Hold the Key for Global Decarbonization While Unlocking Multiple Opportunities

Battery Manufacturers are Striving to Strike a Balance Between Energy Density, Cost, and Safety

Formation of Stringent Regulations to Support the Growth of Domestic Supply Chain

Grant Funding from Public Entities Driving R&D of High-capacity LIBs

China Leads in Terms of Patent Filings

Key Innovators Driving R&D of High-capacity Lithium-ion Batteries

R&D Efforts Will be Mainly Focusing on Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain Risk Mitigation

Growth Opportunities Offered by High-capacity Lithium-ion Batteries

High-performance Fuel Cells Find Applications across Multiple Industrial Segments

Higher Power Densities and Fuel Flexibility Will Drive Adoption of High-performance Fuel Cells

PEMFC and SOFC are Expected to Dominate Fuel Cell Adoption in Near Term

Development of Low-Cost Catalysts is the Key R&D Focus Area

Europe and North America lead in High Performance Fuel Cells Adoption

China and the US Are Leading R&D Efforts in High-performance Fuel Cell Technologies

Lower Cost of Hydrogen Production, Government Subsidies, and Tax Incentives to Drive the Adoption of High-performance Fuel Cells

High Performance Fuel Cells - Key to Realize Hydrogen Economy

Improving Operational Efficiency, Reducing Material Toxicity, and Ensuring Cost Effectiveness are the Key Growth Areas

The Solar Industry Is Transitioning from First Gen to Third Gen Technologies

Ease of Manufacturing and the Ability to Suit Numerous Applications Influence Product Demand

Energy & Environment, Consumer Electronics, and Automotive Sector to Boost Initial Adoption of Perovskite Solar Technology

CHINA Leads in the Number of Published Patents

Research on Perovskite Solar is Expected to Enable Grid Parity, Cost-effectiveness, and Improved Energy Yield

Companies are Utilizing Novel Fabrication Methodologies & Processes for Improving Operational & Commercial Performance

Efficiency and Application Enhancements Along With Novel Material Development to Influence Long-term Industry Dynamics

Analysis of Growth Opportunities for Perovskite Solar

Solid-state Batteries to Play an Important Role in Accelerating EV Adoption

Solid-state Batteries Can Resolve Fundamental Challenges in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Solid-state Batteries Offer Opportunities for Europe to Strengthen its Domestic EV Battery Supply Chain

Public Funding from European Nations Spearheading R&D of Solid-state Batteries

Strengthening Strategic IP Development Remains the Top Priority for Asian Companies Leading the Technology Commercialization Race

Automakers and Battery Start-ups Are Pursuing Innovations

Overcoming Technical Challenges Hindering Mass Production Will be the Key to Solid-state Batteries’ Success in the Long Run

Growth Opportunities Offered by Solid-state Batteries

Fast-paced Adoption of Advanced Biomanufacturing Capabilities Across the Globe

Rising Implementation of Advanced Biomanufacturing Technologies in the US and Asia-Pacific

China and the US are Leading Patent Holders in the Biomanufacturing Landscape

Biomanufacturing 4.0 Driven by Big Data Analytics Collected by Sensors and Process Analytical Technologies

Recent Biomanufacturing Collaborations and Funding Has Increased the Potential of Biomanufacturing Capabilties

Key Companies Leading the Advanced Biomanufacturing Revolution

AI-integrated Platforms and Plug-and-play Automation Systems will Speed Up Biomanufacturing Processes in the Near Future

Advanced Biomanufacturing Industry Growth Opportunities

Non-Viral Vector Drug Delivery Can Empower the Future of Vaccines

Rising Implementation of Advanced Biomanufacturing Technologies in the US and Asia Pacific

Patent Filings Focus on Nucleic Acid and Plasmid DNA

The US Leads in Public Funding Initiatives Related to Non-Viral Vector Drug Delivery

Non-Viral Vector Drug Delivery Platforms Can Create New Collaborative Business Opportunities for Stakeholders Beyond Pharma Industry

Cationic Polymers Have Adoption Potential for Development of Non-Viral Vector Drug Delivery Platforms

Improving Efficacy Will Speed Up Adherence to Non-Viral Vector Drug Delivery

Non-Viral Vector Drug Delivery Is Gaining Momentum in Gene Therapy, Vaccines, and Cancer Treatment

Nutriomics Can Help Develop Next-Generation Therapeutics From Food

Application of Omics across DNA, RNA, Proteins, Lipids, and Microbiome Enables its Adoption in Developing Therapeutic Diets

The US is Leading in the Patent Landscape of Nutriomics with Accelerated Academic and Collaborative Research

Companies Across the Globe are Active in Leveraging Nutriomics for Personalized Nutrition

Nutriomics Can Aid in Reducing the Risks Associated with Diseases and Disorders

AI-integrated Platforms and Plug-and-play Automation System will Speed Up Biomanufacturing Processes in Near Future

Developments in Nutriomics Approaches Help Evaluate the Link Between Diet and Disease

TECHNOLOGY Developments in Single Cell omics will be key to Drive Growth

Market Growth Will be Driven by Technology Developments and the Increasing Need for Noninvasive Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine

The US is the Innovation Hub for Single Cell Omics, with a Major Focus on Building Cell Maps and Developing Non-invasive Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine

Increasing Federal Funding for Single Cell Omics Technologies is Bolstering R&D Intensity and Innovation

Key Instrumentation and Analytics Companies Paving the Way for Advances in Single Cell Omics

Leveraging SCO Analysis for Translational Research & Developing Improved Analytical Tools will Drive Full Fledged Adoption

Growing Developments in Single Cell Omics Platforms Help to Unravel Disease Pathways and Support Precision Medicine Development

Innovation-Intense Smart Drug Discovery is Primed for Steady Growth and Development

Market Growth Will be Driven by Technology Developments and the Increasing Need for Noninvasive Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine

AI-enabled Platforms Are Poised to Transform Every Step of Drug Discovery Pipeline

Top Pharma Companies Hold Patents for AI Drug Discovery

Increased Private Funding Into AI-enabled Drug Discovery Start-ups Will Fuel Therapeutic Innovations

Key AI-Enabling Companies to Watch in Smart Drug Discovery

Big Pharma Integrating AI in Drug Discovery via Partnerships and Internal R&D to Bolster Growth

Leveraging Innovative Business Models Such As Precompetitive Collaborations Is the Way Forward to Accelerate Smart Drug Discovery

COVID-19 Pandemic has Set a Precedent for the Use of AI-enabled Drug Discovery for Drug Repurposing and Investigation for Future Pandemics and Infectious Diseases

Digital Tools and AI/ML Will Continue to Positively Impact the Drug Discovery Industry and Accelerate Drug Development

Technology Advances to Drive Growth Opportunities in Transformative Vaccines

COVID-19 Pandemic Has Led to the Surge in Transformative Vaccine Development

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Driving Collaboration and Licensing Across Pharmaceuticals to Access Vaccine Technologies

Vaccine Development is Powered by Both Private and Public Funding

Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines: Nucleic Acid and Viral Vector Platforms are Dominant

Vaccine Development: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic and Megatrend Impact

COVID-19 Pandemic is Accelerating Partnerships Between Public and Private Sectors

New Entrants Driving COVID-19 Vaccine Development

A Stable Innovation Ecosystem and Cost Competitiveness Are Critical for Success of Future Vaccines

Transformative Vaccine Roadmap: Impact in Near Future and Untapped Opportunities

Commercial and Technical Growth Opportunities in Transformative Vaccines

AIOps augments the IT team capability by making the IT operations highly efficient and reliable

AIOps Plays a Key Role in Digital Transformation and Unlocks New Growth Opportunities

Integrate IT Operations Tightly with Security to Provide Reliable Resolution to Issues

Improving IT Operations and Bringing More Reliability to Business Operations

Increased Hybrid IT Infrastructure Adoption by Enterprises is Driving the AIOps Market

China and the US Account for 74% of all AIOps-related Patents, with China Dominating

AIOps Adds Intelligence to IT Operations Across Various Industries and Enables Innovations in the Digital Era

Leaders in AIOps Space are Helping Companies Transform their IT Service Management

AIOps will Evolve from Simple Desk Service Orchestration to Completely Automated NoOps Capabilities

Cognitive radio is becoming a popular paradigm for building next‐ generation wireless systems to provide reliable communication

Cognitive Radio Provides the Ability to Establish Communications Among Users Based on Operating Conditions or User Requirements

Cognitive Radio is an Advanced Wireless Communication Approach to Address Network Congestion Issues

Cognitive Radio Enables Efficient Spectrum Utilization to Drive New Wireless Communication Applications and Services

Rising Deployments in North America with Demand Mainly from Military and Defense

China and the US Account for about 66% of Patents Published

Military and Public Safety Use Cognitive Radio for Critical Communications

Major Telecom Participants are Investing to Ensure Efficient Communication

CR Technology Will Transform Wireless Communications through Efficient Spectrum Utilization

dApps Will Drive New Wave of Innovations Across Industry Sectors

dApps Creates an Innovative Open Source Ecosystem

dApps to Become Mobile-Native in the Near Future

The US is Leading Global Patent Activity with Almost 20% of Total IP Published Globally

Vast Majority of dApps Development Continues to be on the Ethereum Blockchain

Decentralized Finance Has Become a Driving Force for the Blockchain Industry

Elastic Finance to be the Next Wave of Growth in the dApps Ecosystem

Need for automation and service agility to drive the demand for multi-cloud automation in modern cloud environments

Multi-cloud Automation Ensures Optimal Usage of Cloud Resources from Multiple Providers

Automating Complex Multi-cloud Environments is the Imperative Need

Multi-cloud Automation is Expected to Bring over $28 Bn in Revenues in the Next 5 Years

The US and China Dominate the Global Patent Publication Activities with the US alone Contributing 42%

Enterprises in Multiple Industries are Increasingly Embracing Multi-cloud Automation

Leading Enterprises Have Already Started Leveraging Services from Multi-cloud Automation Solution Providers

Edge Computing and AIOps to see Prominence in Multi-cloud Automation Environments

Open RAN is transforming the Mobile network space to be more intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable

Open RAN Promises Greater Interoperability and More Competition

Open RAN to Disrupt the Telecommunication Space and to Enable Newer Business Opportunities

Open RAN is Expected to Bring close to $10Bn in Revenues in the Next 5 Years

The US Leads the Patent Race in Open RAN Globally, Supported by the Most Ecosystem Participants

Convergence of AI, Cloud, IoT, and 5G Will Empower a New Era of Intelligent Connectivity across the globe

Open RAN Enables a More Competitive and Vibrant Supplier Ecosystem

Open RAN to Lead the Open Mobile Future

Demand of Higher autonomy from Edge Devices resulting in higher adoption of Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement Learning Enables Continuous Learning and Informed Decision Making

Using Trial and Error, RL Maximizes the Value of the Predetermined Objective to Improve the Efficiency of the System

RL Will Bring In over $120 Billion in Revenues in the Next 5 Years

China Leads Reinforcement Learning Patent Activity Due to the Notable Research Activities of Its Universities

RL-based Personalization Use Cases in Marketing, Automotive, And Gaming Have Been Implemented Successfully

Computing Giants, Such As Google, Microsoft, and Alibaba, Lead In RL Development

RL is Gaining Commercial Traction with Growing Prevalence of Computing Resources

Growing impact of Cyberattacks is fueling the growth of Smart object security market

Smart Object Security Ensures the Security of Connected Devices at Both Hardware and Software Levels

Unprecedented Growth in Smart Objects Increases Security Concerns, Requires Proper Security Measures at Device Level

Compromising Smart Device Security Could Lead to Significant Risks to Businesses, Consumers, and Societies

Proliferation of Smart Manufacturing and Autonomous Cars Is Fueling the Growth of Smart Object Security

China and the US Account for 61% of all Smart Object Security-related Patents, with Major Dominance by China

Smart Object Security is Gaining Prominence Across Multiple Industries Due to a Rapidly Expanding Connected Device Ecosystem

Startups to Play a Key Role in Smart Object Security Vendor Ecosystem

Smart Object Security to Gain More Traction with the Growing IT and OT Converged Environments

Improved Surgical Precision and Clinical Productivity Driving Adoption of Advanced Surgical Visualization Technologies Globally

Strategic Collaborations and Research Activities to Support Uptake of Advanced Surgical Visualization Technologies Globally

Steady Patent Growth Witnessed in the Last 3 Years, with China and the US Accounting for 50% of the Patents Published

Strong Funding from Government Agencies and Private Investors to Boost Technology Development

Large Medical Device Companies, Startups, and Academia Constitute the Advanced Surgical Visualization Innovation Ecosystem

Strategic Partnerships to Fuel Development of Advanced Surgical Visualization Technologies

Advanced Surgical Visualization Technologies Enable Precise Ophthalmology and Neurosurgical Procedures and Facilitate Effective Radiation Therapy Plans

Technology Convergence Facilitates More Personalized and Precise Surgery and Reduces Post Procedural Complications

Incorporation of AI, 5G Technology, and Industry-hospital Collaborations Can Improve Advanced Surgical Visualization Platform Functionality

Increasing Market Demand for Contactless Health Monitoring due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Contactless Health Monitoring Technology will Experience a High Market Demand Across the Globe for Predicting Future Epidemics

Most Innovative Contactless Health Monitoring Technology Patents Are Published In China, US, and Europe

Significant & Increasing Funding in Emerging Start-ups is Driving Innovations in Contactless Health Monitoring Technologies

Contactless Technology, Such as Sound and Video Analysis Enabling Remote Health Monitoring, Is Expected to Create a High Impact in Next 3-4 Years

Contactless Sensor Technology Can Play a Significant Role in the Miniaturization of Advanced Medical Devices to Make them Lightweight and Portable for Better User Experience

Contactless Health Monitoring Technologies Tracks Vital Signs, such as Heart and Respiration Rate, to Enable Healthcare Providers to Make Informed Management Decision

Contactless Health Monitoring of Vital Signs Enables Remote and Home-based Health Monitoring

Contactless Health Monitoring Technologies Enable the Government to Take Precautionary Actions to Avoid Future Pandemics and Healthcare Companies to Conduct Efficient Clinical Trials

Mobile Platform-based Contactless Health Monitoring Technologies to Experience High Adoption Rate Across the Globe

COVID-19, Intensive Research, and Significant Capital Investments Are Driving High Demand for Digital Biomarkers

Digital Biomarkers Will Experience a High Adoption Rate in Major Geographies Due to Their Ability for Continuous Remote Monitoring in a Broad Range of Therapeutic Areas

US Is the Digital Biomarker Innovation Hub with the Majority of Patents Focused On Mental Health, Neurological Diseases, and Fitness

Private and Federal Funding Accelerates R&D of Digital Biomarkers to Understand Complex Diseases; Digital Biomarkers Offer New Business Opportunities to Industry Participants

Digital Biomarkers Can Deliver Low Costs and Other Benefits for All Key Stakeholders

Digital Biomarkers Offer Easier And Less Expensive Access to Continuous And Longitudinal Health Measurements

Large Participants Are Collaborating With Other Industry Participants To Conduct Advanced Research And Develop New Digital Biomarkers

Most Technology Developers Are Enabling Patients to Use Digital Biomarkers Remotely without Supervision or Training

Digital Biomarkers Will Continue to Impact the Healthcare Industry after the COVID-19 Pandemic by Enabling Remote Patient Monitoring and Accelerating Drug Development

Industry Participant Partnerships to Develop Novel Digital Biomarkers for Advanced Research of Drug Discovery Offer a Significant Opportunity for Novel Treatments

Increased Adoption of Digital Therapeutics During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Government Initiatives for Preventative and Quality Care are Driving the Growth of Digital Therapeutics Market Across Geographies

ASIA PACIFIC Countries Push Innovation by Showcasing the Highest Number of Patent Publications

Private and Federal Funding are Accelerating R&D of Digital Therapeutics Across a Range of Indications

Emerging Start-ups with Evidence-based Digital Intervention Drive the Market

The Future of Care Demands a Digital Therapeutic Enabled Care Ecosystem

Digital Therapeutics Decentralizing Healthcare Delivery and Improving Clinical Outcomes

COVID-19 Has Emerged As a Key Enabler for Driving Adoption of Intelligent Medical Triage Platforms in the Hospitals

Collaborations Between Healthcare Providers and Platform Developers, Favorable Industry and Government Initiatives to Support Adoption of Intelligent Medical Triage Globally

Strong Patent Growth in Intelligent Medical Triage Observed in Last 3 Years

Continued Public and Private Funding Drives Intelligent Medical Triage Product Development Programs Globally

Intelligent Medical Triage Will Have Broad Spectrum Application Areas Such As Pulmonology, Ophthalmology, And Oncology

Emerging Start-ups Driving Intelligent Medial Triage Innovation

Intelligent Medical Triage for Detection of Patient Ventilator Asynchronies, Health Risk Calculation, and Assisting During Mass Casualty Incidents

Wearable Use, Channeling Investments for Accessing Patient Data Sets, and Deploying Consumption-based Models by Technology Developers Will Play Pivotal Roles in Improving Functionality and Adoption of Intelligent Medical Triage Platforms

Next-generation Pathology will Soon Be the New Standard of Care in Primary Disease Diagnosis

Increased Prevalence of Diseases and Dwindling Pathologists Drive the Next-generation Pathology Market

Artificial Intelligence Innovations in Pathology Dominate the Global Patent Publishing Landscape

Government and Private Funding Will Be Key for the Growth of Next-generation Pathology

The Stakeholder Ecosystem is Actively Involved in Increasing Throughput and Adopting Advanced Image Analysis

Next-generation Pathology Has a Strong Impact on Its Multitude of Applications

Advancements in Automation and Image Analysis Will Drive the Future of Pathology

Adoption of Advanced Technologies and New Business Models Are Vital for Growth in the Next-generation Pathology Industry

Accelerated Storage Improves Data Transfer Speed in Enterprise Storage Infrastructure

NVMe and NVMe-oF SSDs will Propel the Market Growth of Accelerated Storage

A Majority of Patents Published Focus on SSDs, Controllers, and NVDIMM Arrays

Strategic Partnerships and Venture Funding Drive the Commercialization of Accelerated Storage

Accelerated Storage is Driven by Memory and Networking Companies

BFSI, Media, and Healthcare will Adopt Accelerated Storage to Improve Efficiency

NVMe, New Flash Technologies, and HCI will Drive Opportunities in Accelerated Storage

Evolving Business Models, Particularly Data Center-as-a-Service, will Fuel the Growth of Accelerated Storage

FPGA-based Architecture is Poised to Drive Advancements in Adaptive Computing Solutions

North American FPGA Leaders Dominate Global Market Share

NOC and Machine Learning-enabled FPGAs are Areas of Interest

Government Focus on Semiconductors, Expansion of Product Portfolios, and Enhancements in Analytics Drive Investments

Application Diversity – Automotive, Telecom, Healthcare, Automotive, and Consumer Electronics are High-impact Sectors

Future Perspective and Technology Roadmap: Stay-At-Home Economies Further Triggering Adoption of Adaptive Compute Solutions

Growth Opportunities of Adaptive Computing

Edge AI Chipsets Will Reduce Dependency on Cloud AI Platforms

The US is Poised to Emerge as a Forerunner in the Adoption of Edge Inference Solutions

Top Semiconductor Companies and Technology Providers Dominate Edge Inference Patent Landscape

Venture Funding and Acquisitions are Pivotal to the Growth of Edge Inference

Established Semiconductor Companies and AI Start-ups Actively Pursue Edge Inference

Consumer Electronics, Industry4.0, and Healthcare will Drive the Adoption of Edge Inference Chips

Hardware Innovation and Emerging Applications are Vital to the Growth of Edge AI Chips

Innovations in Edge AI Processors and Software Drive the Growth in Edge Inference

GaN-on-Si is Pivotal in Power Electronics, RF, and Display Domains

GaN Semiconductors, GaN LEDs, MicroLEDs, and RF GaN will Contribute to Market Growth

Majority of the Patents Published Focus on Innovations Around GaN Semiconductors, MicroLEDs, and RF

Government Funding and Strategic Collaborations will Be Key for Growth of GaN-on-Si

GaN-on-Si is Pursued Actively by Established Semiconductor Companies and Semiconductor Start-ups

GaN-on-Si will Be an Integral Component of Power Adaptors, Solar Panels, and RF Amplifiers

High-Power Electronics, 5G, and MicroLED Displays will Drive GaN-on-Si

Supply Chain Collaboration Between Stakeholders is Vital to the Growth of GaN-on-Si

Eyeglass-style Waveguide Technology To Replace Conventional Bulky Waveguides

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a Catalyst for XR Solutions

Strengthening Strategic IP Development and Accumulation of Innovative Assets Remain Top Priorities for Enterprises

Industry Consortiums and Venture Capitalists Aggressively Investing in Waveguide Optics

Waveguide Optics is Poised to Witness Exponential Demand from Automotive and A&D Industries in the Short Term

Industry Focus on Integrating Micro-leds for AR Solutions in the Near Tern

Analysis of Potential Growth Opportunities for Optical Waveguide Stakeholders

Behavioral Biometrics to Reduce False Rejection Rates and False Acceptance Rates for Enhanced Authentication

Technological Advancements, Government Focus on Law Enforcement, and Strategic Alliances Drive Market Growth

Strengthening Strategic IP Development Remains A Top Priority for Enterprises Globally

Government Focus on Security, Fraud Detection, Expansion of Product Portfolios, and Enhancements in Analytics Drive Investments

Companies from the US and Europe are Driving Advancements in Behavioral Biometric Sensors

Application Diversity — Law Enforcement, Cybersecurity, Business and Financial Services, Healthcare, and Defense are High-Impact Sectors

Advanced Machine Vision Systems to Play a Key Role in Wider Adoption of Behavioral Biometric Systems

Analysis of Potential Growth Opportunities for Behavioral Biometric Stakeholders

Flash Lidar Improves Object Identification Capability In Automobiles

The US Leads Flash Lidar Solution Adoption

Patent Trends Indicate R&D Focus on Miniaturization and Improved Detection Range

Venture Funding and Strategic Collaborations are Pivotal to the Growth of Flash Lidar

Flash Lidar is Pursued Actively by Major Automakers and Global Start-ups

Automotive and Industrial Automation Are Key Growth Areas

Advancements in Autonomous Vehicles and Broader Application Portfolio will be Vital for Growth of Flash Lidar

High Resolution 3D Mapping Ability Will Drive Wider Adoption of Flash Lidar

Increasing Funding Attracts Innovators and Boosts Commercialization Opportunities

North America and Europe Are Frontrunners in Technology Adoption

Companies and Universities in the US are the Leading Patent Owners Globally

The US and EU Projects Support Development of Graphene Sensors

Mid-size Companies and Start-ups Focus on Disruptive Innovations in Niche Areas

Healthcare, Building & Construction, and Automotive are High-impact Industries

Miniaturization and Novel Applications to Accelerate Adoption of Graphene Sensors

HSI Enables Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Control of Diseases, Resulting in a Significant RoI for Farm Owners

Development Efforts are Directed Toward Making HSI Systems Cost-efficient

Precision Farming and Environmental Monitoring Remain Key Application Areas of Focus

HSI Adoption for Earth and Planetary Observations are Noted to be on a Rise

Companies and Organizations from the US and Europe are Driving Advancements in HSI

Agriculture & Food, Healthcare, Automotive, and Consumer Electronics are High-impact Sectors

Hyperspectral ImageNet Can Become a Key Driver for HSI Adoption

Hyperspectral Imaging Provides the Ability to See Beyond the Broader Domain of Visible Light

Submillimeter Wave Sensing Poised to Impact the F&B, Security, Defense, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Imaging Sectors

Strong R&D Drives Market Growth

Submillimeter Wave Sensing-based Biomedical Diagnosis and NDT Remain Priority Focus Areas of Technology Development

Government Funding and R&D will be Key for Growth of Submillimeter Wave Sensing

Companies and Organizations from the US and Europe are Driving Advancements in Spectral Sensing

Food & Beverage, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, and Security are High-impact Industries

Advancements in Submillimeter Wave Sensing Have Opportunities to Aid in Detection of Product Contamination and in Biomedical Diagnosis

Growth Opportunities of Sub-millimeter Wave Sensing

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