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Waves of AIoT Are Reshaping Semiconductor Industry Value Chain

By Emmy Yi

4 Key Takeaways from SEMI Taiwan Member Forum

The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) has accelerated the digital transformation in various industries and has now fused with Internet of Things (IoT) to exploit the value of both technologies in reshaping the electronics industry value chain. As it emerges from the shadows of its parent technologies, AIoT is giving rise to new opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and even energy. AIoT is fast rising in prominence as an enabler of key electronics manufacturing process improvements and the creation of add-on value to existing products – both critical to the success of many businesses.

SEMI and the SEMI MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (SEMI-MSIG) held a technical forum on smart sensing and its applications in AI and AIoT, inviting renowned experts in sensors and edge computing to share in-depth insights into the latest AIoT technologies and applications with more than 100 industry professionals in research and development, marketing and sales. Here are four key takeaways from the SEMI Taiwan member forum.

1. Steady Growth for Global Sensors Market

The global sensors market’s steady growth is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.6 percent from 2017 to 2023, with Asia driving the biggest gains and automotive leading the segments – including healthcare and education – with the strongest growth. Automotive alone is expected to reach US$34 billion in 2023.

2. Integration Critical to MEMS Sensors Designs

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With AI booming, MEMS sensor designs need to drive toward greater integration —not only integrating data collection with sensors, but also streamlining data processing on the backend – making 3D models of today’s MEMS mechanical designs critical. The differences between 3D and entrenched 2D models are dramatic, elevating the importance of specifying manufacturing steps in MEMS designs. As new sensors and applications continue to emerge, companies that develop the most powerful integrated designs will win.  

3. Growth of Smart Voice-Control Applications to Explode

AIoT is also accelerating the development of smart voice-control applications and the rise of new related business opportunities. Just 50 million voice-controlled devices shipped worldwide in 2017, a number predicted to swell to 436 million in 2021 with smart home devices such as set-top boxes and smart TVs the major growth drivers.

4. AIoT Eyed to Make Human-Robot Collaboration Safe

Human robot collaboration

Safety is an essential feature for human-robot collaboration. Tactile sensing technologies give robots a layer of “skin” with capabilities rivaling human touch. To ensure humans and robots work together safely in work environments, sensors on this layer of skin are concentrated – less than 8mm apart, equivalent to the width of a human finger, with a response time of less than 5ms on contact. More than 4 million robots worldwide are expected to be upgraded with these sensing technologies and are on track for deployment in pilot plants in the next three years.

SEMI-MSIG is committed to strengthening connections across all sectors in the MEMS and sensors supply chain, working closely with the industry to accelerate the development of related technologies and applications in both mature and emerging markets. In addition, SEMI-MSIG hosts regular events to inspire business opportunities and technology exchange for innovative applications, while enhancing the visibility of members among global customers and partners to help them forge new partnerships. To join the group, contact SEMI Taiwan’s Helen Chen at hchen@semi.org.

Emmy Yi is a marketing specialist at SEMI Taiwan.  

Topics: AI , Taiwan , Automotive , sensors , Artificial Intelligence , IoT , healthcare , Internet of Things , SEMI Taiwan , semiconductors , MEMS & Sensors Industry Group , robotics , electronics manufacturing , SEMI-MSIG , education , SEMI Taiwan member forum , AIoT , voice-control applications , human-robot collaboration

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