Advancements in Wearables, E-textiles, and Advanced Data Storage

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Published: 30 Nov 2018

This Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine profiles developments in wearables, e-textiles, and advanced data storage. Innovations include a mobile compression wearable for patients and athletes, a smart garment with self-charging capability, smart textile to remotely control home appliances, terabyte SSD for personal computers, and advanced biometric technology enabled smart watch to detect cardiovascular diseases. 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: e-textile, data storage, compression wearable, smart garment, smart textile, SSD, cardiovascular disease, smart watch

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