Advancements in Smart Antenna, Audio Systems, and Wearables

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Published: 16 Nov 2018

This Microelectronics TOE profiles developments in smart antenna, audio systems, and wearables. Innovations include a smart antenna technology for wireless communication, a novel speaker technology for natural sound production, miniature microphones for distortion-free sound recording, microresonators for optical sensing applications, and a flexible audio system for wearable applications. 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: Smart antenna, audio, wearable, wireless communication, speaker technology, microphone, microresonator

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