Market Focused

Sensing, 5G Wireless, Silicon Photonics, Photovoltiacs, Power Electronics

CoInnovateCS will focus on exploding markets that will shape communications and connectivity over the next decade

CoInnovateCS delivers an agenda of engaging talks and interactive panels where we will explore four main markets in depth: Sensing, 5G Wireless, Silicon Photonics, Photovoltiacs, Power Electronics.

CoInnovateCS is the place to hear from and to collaborate with market leaders during the CoSynergy workshop where we will showcase marketdriven challenges and opportunities across the compound semiconductor supply chain. 

Sensing connects us to the world around us. 3D sensing technologies have been integrated into millions of mobile devices, LiDAR technologies allow autonomous vehicles to navigate safely in the complex world, AR/VR/MR technologies enhance our reality, and biometric sensors are continuing to provide healthier lifestyles. Compound semiconductors that drive each of these technologies have demonstrated the ability to improve our lives, but how do we ensure that these technologies are ready to scale? What are the industry challenges facing sensing technologies?

 

 5G is it. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for – the wireless revolution. It won’t just give you higher speed and faster downloads, it is the network that will provide connectivity for EVERYTHING, all of the time. High speed mobile data, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, AR/VR/MR ….. and it’s all starting now. 3G and 4G systems were evolutionary, building on earlier generations of technologies and offered only incremental improvements to the networks and society. But now, in order to provide this revolutionary new connectivity, 5G wireless networks will require significant advancements in technology and service delivery. Everything from new handsets, new frequency bands, more towers, and additional backbone capacity with even higher speed. How do we get there? And what are the challenges facing our industry as we begin this revolution?

 

 Photovoltaics continues to make advances in how we fuel our lives. Clean, renewable energy is the key to sustainability and compound semiconductor technology plays a large role in bringing this energy to us more efficiently and more cost effectively. Today, solar cells power everything from homes and commercial buildings to satellites airborne vehicles. What can we power tomorrow? How do we increase the performance and affordability of this technology? What will it take for the industry to be able to fuel our world?

 

 Silicon Photonics is emerging as an exciting platform. It has the promise to transform optical systems by combining the performance of traditional optics with Silicon manufacturing technologies that will bring scale and cost benefits. But, what is Silicon Photonics and what will be the impact? Silicon Photonics means different things to different people, and there are many ways to implement it and use it. The first widespread use case is to provide low cost optics in extremely high volumes that will feed the data center deployments fueling our insatiable, and continuously growing, demand for data. Other applications will include automotive systems, chip-to-chip communications, and even biological sensors. The integration of compound semiconductor optical components with Si is a powerful platform and we are just beginning to realize the potential. What are the limitations? How do we solve them? Where will we as an industry achieve our greatest impact?

 

 Power Electronics technologies are rapidly becoming a major factor in energy conservation. It’s more than just automotive and datacenters that require high power, high efficiency components. And it takes more than just better materials to make these applications tick – it takes a lot of SiC wafers. Each EV consumes a significant amount of wafer area and a significant amount of existing fab capacity. In order to take full advantage of these technologies, we are going to have to ensure that SiC and GaN/SiC substrates, materials, and process capabilities are able to scale to meet this demand. How do we get there from here and ensure that we can electrify the world. 

 

 

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