Major players in the semiconductor industry like Intel are capitalizing billions of dollars in R&D programs every year to come up with more powerful chips that can influence the next generation of consumer electronics. Additionally, with the rise of IoT, AI, big data, and machine learning, its high time the semiconductor industry raises its innovation game. With so much happening in the semiconductor industry, Infiniti has listed the key semiconductor industry trends in this blog.
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Key semiconductor industry trends:
- Rise of artificial intelligence: AI is viewed as a source of differentiation from their competition by businesses. The next generation of AI is set to be combined with self-driving cars, surgical robots, autonomous drones, and smartphones. As a result, semiconductor companies are competing to meet the demands that arise from such inventions. Semiconductor chips consume a huge amount of power to do such AI intensive tasks. Graphics chips, which were initially developed for gaming are now being used for machine learning. Organizations have also gone as far as developing custom chips particularly for machine learning and AI.
- Going smaller but stronger: In 2017, Intel announced that they would be working on 10nm chips. This new chip is set to deliver 2.7x improvement in transistor density compared to existing 14nm chips. But, Intel is not alone in this competition for the 10nm chips. Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) also have ambitious plans to shift to a 7nm node, which could compete with Intel’s 10nm node in the power front. Though, such a battle would only be helpful to the consumers as they can get their hands on influential gadgets. To know more about this engagement, speak to an analyst
- Using analytics to optimize semiconductor processes: It is known that a majority of semiconductor development projects are not competent enough to meet their early production schedules. Fabrication plants often overrate their skill to handle composite tasks or misjudge the time essential to complete the work. Analytics can help remove this guesswork of approximating project completion date along with manpower needs. The use of analytics can offer insights into equipment health to get maximum performance out of it. Also, analytics can help forecast course failure in the production step and curtail significant losses in the early stage of production.
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