Ten Cool Things We Learned at SEMICON West

July 11, 2014
Category:
Industry

SEMICON West continues to be the flagship event for the global semiconductor industry, as well as a showcase for related emerging markets and technologies. Here are some of the cool things we noted at this year’s show:

 

1) Collaboration and early cooperation remain key strategies in the semiconductor space

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2) Implantable MEMS devices may help predict heart attacks

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3) A transistor gate that is 5 nm across will be only about 10 atoms wide

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4) Clever technologists are mimicking bats to develop ultrasonic-based gesture input capability

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5) 3D printing is not just for plastics – concrete, seaweed, and even chocolate can be 3D printed

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6) Smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day

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7) Key drivers for 3D NAND are mobile and the Internet of Things – NAND flash will be in nearly everything

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8) Fabs in India may become reality soon

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9) The car is the ultimate mobile device – some predict we are only 10 years away from fully self-driving automobiles

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10) There will be ~50 billion connected devices by 2020

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