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The
Connected Future
of Devices
Miniaturization, new data transmission connection standards,
ubiquitous IoT and 5G democratization are the key emerging
trends in electronics.
I
n a world of ever-increasing global consumption fueled by
the immense thirst for electronic technology and information
transmission, we find ourselves in a critical situation
with the world supply of electronic components drying up.
Demand for electronic devices has risen
sharply due to the Covid-19 outbreaks,
which forced the entire world to work in
isolation, driving the unprecedent need
for integrated circuits (IC). While development
has been keeping pace during
this crisis, we expect more from our
devices.
In parallel to this, the concurrent rollout
of 5G has been providing increased
connectivity, enabling a new generation
of users to access the Internet of Things
(IoT) with enhanced capabilities.
Cameras and optical systems have risen
to unprecedented levels, with higher
quality video - 4K and even 8K now being
commonplace.
As the tension between demand and
supply rises, the world of electronics
keeps evolving and the impact of its evolution will need to be
watched closely in this volatile context. Let us focus on the nature
of these changes - which current and future trends are
worth looking out for?
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Miniaturization
" With so many devices,
handsets, and so
many communication
protocols, we expect
to see some selection
based on the need for
higher transmission
speed connections with
low latency. "
Electronics never stagnates - processing power (gates in IC
devices) is growing as new fabrication plants deliver even smaller
devices with improved processing capabilities per square millimeter.
The global shortage has led to
technological investments in Fab plants
globally, not only to increase capacity and
reduce reliance on overseas manufacturing
supply chains but also to bring technological
advancement. Despite all this
chaos, opportunities and progress have
emerged. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Company (TSMC) is investing
$12 billion (typical cost) in setting up a
new Fab plant in Phoenix, AZ, which will
pioneer the manufacturing of sub 5
nanometer chips in 2024. This constant
progress is defined by Moore's Law, i.e.,
" the observation that the number of transistors
in a dense integrated circuit doubles
about every two years. "
Therefore, devices will become
smaller and more capable with the introduction
of " System on Chip, " which speeds up the design
of systems and core building blocks of electronics, enabling
prototypes to be developed and put into production more
quickly. System on Chip also encourages the current trend
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