Leading Disruptions in the Electronics Sector 2021

  • The electronic industry has witnessed logarithmic improvements in performance efficiency, miniaturized operations, functionality, user utility, and reduced cost.
  • Micro-LED will be the next-generation solution in the smart display market, which is primely driven by attractive and low-power-consuming micro-LED features.
  • Hyperautomation will be the potential solution in smart manufacturing processes for 2021 due to advancing intelligent features.

There is an incomparable difference between the pace of technological advances in various spheres of the electronics industry, including semiconductors and related sectors such as air transport and the automotive industry. The current rate of disruptions through optimized semiconductors and other innovations that have empowered the entire sector has been unmatched in history.

The companies are keen on employing these new disruptions in their daily operations to maintain their place in the competitive market. Experts have pointed out ten such critical trends in the market after a thorough systematic analysis.

These are:

Blockchain technology is a structure that preserves transactional records, also known as the ‘block’ of the public in several databases, known as the ‘chain,’ in a network connected through peer-to-peer nodes.

1. Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology is a structure that preserves transactional records, also known as the ‘block’ of the public in several databases, known as the ‘chain,’ in a network connected through peer-to-peer nodes. Smart contracts can use smart contracts in the electronics industry efficiently and through a series of transactions to automatically direct stakeholders and complete sales transactions with minimal manual effort and without third-party intervention.

All the challenges that were faced before can now be resolved by using a blockchain shared ledger to regulate a separate financial flow (supplier to OEM to EMS) and physical flow (supplier to the 3PL hub to EMS).

The key advantages of Blockchain technology in this sector are:

  • Security with an end-to-end encrypted system
  • Time efficiency and reduced cost of the entire supply chain
  • It eliminates confusion and provides an automated self-enforcement process
  • Makes operations digital, improving efficiency

2. Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is expected to be the major trend in the electronics industry and will play a significant role in 2021. Advances in additive manufacturing processes and many new 3D printing systems force electronics engineers to rethink their development and qualification of new products.

The illustrative examples of its current applicability in the electronics sector are Henkel and EnvisionTEC. The partnership has driven next-level additive manufacturing. Another instance was when ExOne unveiled InnoventPro 3D printer and smart factory vision. In the electronics industry, additive manufacturing processes are ultimately scalable and integrated with other manufacturing resources.

It’s key advantages are:

  • Greater Integration And Customization
  • Allows on-demand production of electronic devices
  • Effective material management

3. Micro-LED

Micro-LED will be the next-generation solution in the smart display market, which is primely driven by attractive and low-power-consuming micro-LED features. Samsung’s new 110-inch Micro-LED TV used micrometer-sized LED lights to replace the need for backlights and color filters.

Some examples are small displays for wearable products, mid-size displays for automotive applications and big TVs are the three main areas that current micro-LED players target based on their micro-LED technology strategies.

The key advantages are

  • Higher luminous efficiency
  • Higher brightness
  • Shorter response time
  • High resolution/pixel density
  • Reliability

4. Miniaturization

The electronics industry is driven primarily by the growing trend of the miniaturization of electronic devices and components. Improvements in the electronics industry have culminated in a considerable surge in power densities.

Neways Micro developed technology to lithographically patterning printable noble metal pastes as a robust industrial solution for electronic applications’ miniaturization. Its typical applications are smart wearables products, ultra-miniaturized sensors, photonics applications, and high-speed data transceivers. Cicor Group uses semi-additive processes using thin-film technology, for instance, conductor widths and spacings of less than 15 µm.

Other advantages are:

  • Saving space board
  • Ease of transportation
  • Faster analysis
  • Reagent volume reduction

5. Hyperautomation

Hyperautomation will be the potential solution in smart manufacturing processes for 2021 due to advancing intelligent features. Hyperautomation is about applying advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Intelligent Business Process Management Suites (iBPMS), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), etc., to rapidly automate processes and empower people.

With hyper-automation, businesses can integrate digital technologies into their legacy systems and processes. The company can also pass on a single technology’s unique benefits and achieve a state of true digital agility and flexibility at scale using this technology.

Key Advantages of Hyperautomation are:

  • Digital agility
  • Workforce enablement
  • Improving collaborations
  • Seamless systems integration

6. Human Augmentation

Human Augmentation technology increases the productivity/Capability of the human body. These advantages will increase the adoption rate in the year 2021. It refers to a technology that increases the productivity/capacity of the human body.

Human Augmentation is of two types, Cognitive Augmentation, and Physical Augmentation. Cognitive augmentation refers to technologies that improve human thought and decision-making. It also includes physical implants that deal with cognitive reasoning. In contrast, physical augmentation includes sensory augmentation, appendage & biological function augmentation, brain augmentation, and genetic augmentation.

Key advantages of Human Augmentation are:

  • Sense worker health and environment
  • Better computer vision
  • Relieved cognitive load
  • Real-time machine monitoring
The year 2021 is expected to accelerate further component development for quantum computing through the engaging and fast-paced growth in the software industry.

7. Quantum Computing

The year 2021 is expected to accelerate further component development for quantum computing through the engaging and fast-paced growth in the software industry. Quantum computing is a new computing area governed around quantum theory (based on atomic and subatomic theory) that uses a combination of bits known as qubits to perform specific computational tasks and complex problems.

Companies like IBM, Google, Honeywell, Rigetti, IonQ, and others drive the quantum computing market’s growth through extensive research and quantum devices. In December 2020, China announced a built quantum computer that is 10 billion times faster than Google’s “Sycamore” machine.

Its advantages are:

  • Time-saving
  • It makes AI processes more accurate
  • Improves and speeds up the sensing process

8.  Edge AI

Machine learning and AI in businesses open up many growth opportunities for companies to improve their customer experience. With many revolutionary new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, the consumer electronics industry is at the forefront when integrating these technologies into its products.

The consumer electronics industry, which is one of the largest and most unavoidable segments, relies on AI to be competitive and reliable in the coming years. The driving force for AI adoption is data available through various online platforms in different forms such as audio, video, images, files, etc. Making the best use of these data has forced companies to implement various cutting-edge technologies like AI.

Its key advantages are:

  • It opens up many growth opportunities for companies
  • Provides a more personalized experience in terms of communication and convenience
  • Affordability

9.   Industry 5.0

Industry 5.0 is adding a personal touch to the industry 4.0 pillars of automation and efficiency. It aims at merging intellectual computing capabilities with human intelligence and resourcefulness in combined operations.

Industry 5.0 is adding a personal touch to the industry 4.0 pillars of automation and efficiency. It aims at merging intellectual computing capabilities with human intelligence and resourcefulness in combined operations.

Its key advantages are:

  • Improved work efficiency by using advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, etc.
  • Highly integrated systems
  • Personalization
  • Aid to humans

10. Use of 5G

5G the network is the upcoming generation for mobile communications that offer massive bandwidth for data transmission, colossal capacity, IoT capability, an extremely robust system, and low connectivity latency. The new 5G mobile communication system enables the realization of many new mobile functions.

5G can simultaneously support many connections, improving the speed, reliability, and power consumption of mobile phones and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

The key advantages are:

  • High resolution and bi-directional extensive bandwidth shaping
  • Enhanced effectiveness and efficiency
  • Facilitated subscriber supervision tools for quick action
  • Massive broadcasting data (in gigabit), supporting more than 60,000 connections.

Author:

Mr. Rupesh Yelhekar is an Assistant Manager Ingenious e-Brain, a leading global ISO certified company providing a broad spectrum of IP intelligence, technology intelligence, and business intelligence services to the worldwide companies and legal firms across the globe.

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