Predicting the Future of Technology
01.09.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi // Passives
As a result of the ubiquitous nature of passive electronic components, and the scientific maxim that all electrical and electronic devices require some degree of capacitance, resistance or inductance to operate, I am continually exposed to a myriad of end-markets, each of which is crowded with dreamers who hope to innovate better products for the future—who are trying to roadmap how their customers will embrace the new and improved products they plan on developing over the next ten years. In this MarketEYE article, I have collected and disseminated this data, and will attempt to create a novel picture of the future at hand, and to emphasize the innovators, large and small, that are at the leading edge of where the past makes way for the future.
Almost every major brand company in the world encourages forward-thinking creativity, and many of the ideas that result from such endeavors are truly revolutionary but never make it out of the planning stage because the corporation determines the return on investment will not justify the initial expense; while other ideas grow at such a rapid pace that legislators cannot act quickly enough to provide adequate regulations. So while this article is designed to offer some guidelines for the future, it is by no means a guarantee that such developments will come to fruition. The following is a collection of expected areas of growth in the high tech economy between 2014 and 2017 and the manufacturers who are endeavoring to make change happen by innovating for the customer of the future.
Companies To Watch: 2014-2020
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There will be many additional developments over the next seven years, with great expectations for electronic systems over the long term. In addition to the main points emphasized above, there will be an increase in the commercialization of space (with space tourism at the forefront), coupled with the increased attempt at the dominance of the government backed Asian space race between China, India and Japan, which will result in additional space stations and probes as well as an expected manned flight to the moon; and the development of single stage to orbit rockets. In computing there will be a greater emphasis on implementing multicore processing and DDR4 memory. In lighting there will be greater emphasis on Light Emitting Diodes, which will also lead to fiber optic lighting of the future. Robotics will play a greater role, not only in automotive markets, but in defense and medical environments as well. Motors will evolve and become more efficient, and a variety of new and exciting electronic components will be developed to support new electronic platforms from memristors to piezoelectric nanowires. The future of electronics is bright.
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