As technology continues to advance, semiconductor instruments are also becoming more complex and sophisticated. This means that engineers have to come up with tailor-made solutions that meet the growing demands in the industry.
There have been major breakthroughs in Halocarbon Electronics (HES) and hexafluoropropylene (HFIP) that has led to the improved performance of semiconductor devices.
Below are five emerging trends in the semiconductor industry:
Internet of Things (IoT)
Internet of Things (IoT) is the integration of electronics with the objects used in our daily operation via the internet – enabling interaction, communication, and remote controlling or monitoring. Industry experts regard IoT as one of the most impactful applications for semiconductors today.
The Internet of Things requires strong, secure, cost-effective, and reliable semi-conductors that are compatible across the industry. This will make it easy for engineers to create more affordable solutions for businesses around the world.
The Internet of Things places semiconductors in different upcoming modern electronics such as medical devices, automotive and industrial fabricators. The increased use of some of these devices will definitely make it easy to develop easy local solutions for those who need them most.
The 5G network plays a crucial role in connecting and supporting both present and future wireless data. With the network traffic continuing to grow and become complex, devices and data centers need stronger and small semiconductors with very high transmission rates.
Besides, such devices should have the capacity to store a lot of data. 5G network low latency requirements can only work with semiconductor fabrications that are able to provide high-performance and reliable chips.
There’s no doubt that the 5G network will continue to have a great impact on the semiconductor industry in the coming years. Businesses as well as individuals will need to align their operations to the network requirements of 5G.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
While the Internet of Things connects various devices, Artificial Intelligence (AI) puts them into action. AI is what makes computer systems and devices to carry out tasks that would normally be done by human beings. This offers a great opportunity in the semiconductor fabrication sector.
Several devices and machines are required to undertake complicated tasks without the assistance of human brains.
Organizations around the world are looking for similar solutions in a bid to reduce human labor and increase profitability. All this is only possible through Artificial Intelligence.
Semiconducting silicon chips work hand in hand with Artificial Intelligence in powering the accelerator stack. This generally increases computer memory storage as well as performance.
Digital supply networks
Digitization has significantly transformed the supply chain in almost every sector. Normally, the change is from a linear and structured system to an interconnected, open, and cloud-based system. The new systems are able to link information across different sources.
Semiconductor companies are also taking advantage of emerging digital supply chain technologies to solve long-term issues of limited information. This has always created loopholes that have made it difficult to account for various transactions in the manufacturing and supply chain.
Consolidation through M&A
While the semiconductor industry lags behind in terms of the growth of individual segments, a lot of companies are embracing the merger and acquisition concept. This is mainly aimed at sustaining profitability, finding more revenue sources, and minimizing revenue volatility through diversified portfolios.
To be on the safe side, semiconductor companies need to consider coming up with proper merger and acquisition strategies that will promote growth within the industry. Failing to do so will slow down growth and technology transfer.
There are many examples of companies that have succeeded through different merger and acquisition strategies and the semiconductor industry is not an exception.