The International Journal Electronic Design Technology (EDN) is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary. In the past 60 years, the electronic industry has been developing rapidly. What innovations will analog electronics bring in the next 60 years? Here’s a prediction from author Steve taranovich.
Micro electro mechanical system (MEMS)
Multiple sensor hub solutions will coexist in the future
Steve Whalley, Chief Strategic Officer of the MEMS and sensor industry alliance (MSIG), believes that MEMS technology is different from IC technology, which will produce many kinds of MEMS design structures, and then promote the development of MEMS industry. Therefore, a variety of MEMS product designs will be produced in the future, rather than a single architecture like Intel processor.
In 2076, the proprietary solutions for MEMS will disappear, and the MEMS market will grow to trillions or even billions. Wearable devices will become non intrusive. They will not affect people’s life and work as smart watches do now. Instead, they will integrate all kinds of almost invisible sensor arrays into our light clothes or skin and become a part of our body. This non intrusive scheme includes not only sensors, but also regulators, processors, batteries, wireless communication devices, antennas and so on. As roll to roll printing has become a common manufacturing process, wafer manufacturers will no longer exist. T-sensors will make every effort to solve the world’s problems caused by hunger, pollution and renewable clean energy. However, by 2076, T-sensors will become p-sensors. The data security performance of the sensor will start to improve, and the internal “junk data” will no longer exist.
New IC process and configuration
Recently, four new elements have been added to this periodic table of chemical elements, and I am looking forward to adding more elements in the next 60 years. Scientists are always surprised by new discoveries in the solar system. So what a wonderful thing it is when we can drive out of the solar system and even find new elements or materials on an asteroid.
With the development of theoretical physics, nanotechnology and solid-state physics, such as giant magnetostrictive (GMR) sandwich structure or glass wafer, spintronics, carbon nanotubes and quantum computing will become some hot research directions in the next 60 years. I believe that more new theories and methods will promote the progress of electronic technology and configuration.
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