How the 4th Industrial Revolution Internet of Things (IoT) is Driving the Semiconductor Industry

Département MNBT
John Borland
16/09/2019 - 10:30
LAAS-CNRS - Salle EUROPE, 7 avenue du Colonel Roche 31077 TOULOUSE Cedex 4

        We are entering the 4th Industrial revolution call the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT).  For the past decade smart phones lead the IoT for communication devices driving the semiconductor industry with 3-D FinFET devices for advanced logic starting in 2015.  Smartphone cameras also drove advancement in CMOS Image Sensors with backside image sensor then 3-D stacked image sensors in 2012 for smaller form factor.  Today we have the internet of things connecting many more of our electronic devices that we use everyday creating smart homes for home automation and home security as well as smart wearable devices including wrist monitors for personal health, smartwatch as an extention of our smartphones, wireless ear plugs and hearing aids all connected and controled using our smart phones.  Next on a personal level will be IoT for mobility and driving with more sensors, IoT for Foods and IoT for clothing.  All IoT electronic devies require power and will increase the carbon footprint of each person unless we also switch to renewable clean energy for home with PV+storage.  New and more efficient power inverters will be required using SiC and GaN power devices.  Plug in hybrid and all electric vehicles reached 2M sales in 2018 using more and more electronic parts.  Therefore we will discuss how these new and growing IoT markets and smart devices are driving the semiconductor IC and O-S-D industry requiring new materials for advanced devices