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Advancements in Wearable Electronics and Display Technologies

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Published: 22 Sep 2017

This issue of Microelectronics TOE profiles profiles advancements in wearable electronics and display technologies. Innovations profiled include technology improving performance of flexible wearables, development of high resolution OLED displays at a competitive cost, efficient RGB micro-LED display panels, a hands-free speech translation device to overcome language barrier, and a non-invasive wearable patch to measure glucose level. 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: Wearables, displays, OLED, micro-LED, speech translation, glucose monitoring, flexible electronics

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