It is a pleasure to hear the thrust every time I press the accelerator pedal of my electric car, which can go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 3 seconds. My car is able to quickly take me on the fast lane on the highway: similarly, the new generation technologies will allow all of us to shift gears while traveling among big data in an intelligent way.
Try to imagine some ways in which technology will affect our life and work in the future:
- Collaborative robots on automotive assembly lines will be quickly reconfigured to build different vehicle models, offering enormous benefits in terms of productivity, cost and competitiveness. Today, reconfiguring a plant can take years.
- The artificial vision will allow our cars to see clearly in the dark, in the fog and in the dust.
- The charger for power supplies will be reduced to the size of a credit card that we can put in your pocket.
- And here is one of the most inviting opportunities: a 3-D printer that will print a perfect plate of lasagna. Just add the ingredients, the printer will download a recipe from the Internet and when you return home from work you will find a hot meal waiting for you.
While the dynamics of disruptive technologies and new market trends such as these just mentioned will continue to accelerate in all industrial, automotive and other markets, analog and integrated processing semiconductors will provide the basis for achieving innovation, energy efficiency, convenience and performance .
Let us now take a closer look at some of the innovations that will transform these possibilities, and countless others, in reality.
Take advantage of the pair of electric vehicles without draining the battery
While the benefits of gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) in high voltage applications have been widely discussed in energy communities, the ultimate obstacle to their widespread adoption has been reliability. Now that this obstacle has been overcome, it is possible to engage in exciting new opportunities on the automotive, industrial, medical and even consumer electronics markets.
Applications, including electric vehicle inverters, motors, robotics and renewable energies, will be able to take full advantage of the energy efficiency as a whole and of the space savings allowed by these devices. For example:
- Inverters that connect electricity generated from renewable energy sources to the electricity grid will be smaller and more efficient.
- Improving energy management efficiency will significantly improve autonomy and provide the torque needed for a quick start-up of electric vehicles without draining energy reserves, at the same cost compared to conventional fuel-powered vehicles. Battery technology is improving and $ 100 per kilowatt hour is expected to be the inflection point for the mass adoption of electric vehicles.
Integrated clocks that are 1 second wrong every decade
The reality of 5G is close and the amount of data that will be sent over wired and wireless networks is expected to jump to around 2 zettabytes (or 2 trillion gigabytes) in 2018. Giga-sample data converters, high-speed interfaces and radios high performance will allow you to change gear in terms of technology.
These systems require extremely clear and high-performance clock references. The fully integrated clocks that fail by only 1 second per decade will provide the unprecedented performance required by big data.
Furthermore, since the clock signals travel on the boards and systems, it is necessary to clean them from the noise, or jitter. While crystal-based clock references have worked well in the industry for many decades, recent innovations in micro-electromechanical clock references will offer better performance, lower jitter and more integrated solutions.