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Advancements in Wearables, Data Storage, and Flexible Electronics

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Published: 6 Oct 2017

This Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine profiles advancements in wearables, data storage, and flexible electronics. Innovations profiled include a light induced magnetoresistive random-access memory for faster computers, a unified storage solution for enterprise data, a wearable device for soldiers to deliver supplies on demand, a flexible transistor for portable electronic devices, and a wearable technology-enabled jersey for basketball enthusiasts. 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, flexible electronics, transistor, wearable jersey, MRAM, magnetoresistive random-access memory, enterprise data storage

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