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Smart Mobility: one of SEMI’s four “Smart Initiatives”
Smart Mobility is a big focus for SEMI, and one of four Smart Initiatives the organization is currently focused on.
Smart Mobility includes autonomous driving, which Weiss believes will be a major disruption. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the key enabling technology for autonomous driving, and what gives autonomous vehicles the ability to collect, analyze and learn from data – to make them smarter and safer over time. Consider the intelligence needed for a vehicle to sense a person or another vehicle in front of them and brake. This not only brings increased safety, but also means a much higher concentration of chips is needed, and they have to last for the lifetime of the car.
“These devices are sometimes in very sensitive areas of the car responsible for safety as well as data security,” says Weiss. “Some need to operate under any kind of weather conditions. Reliability is a big, big issue.”
The biggest barrier to autonomous driving today is public trust, Weiss believes – people need to be convinced that it’s safe. In addition, electrification appears to be the bigger priority for the auto industry at the moment – though in the years ahead, electrification and autonomous driving will come together.
Smart Cities provide the foundation for a connected world
Smart Mobility also encompasses Smart Cities – consider the infrastructure required to support electric cars, for instance. Weiss says we’re already starting to see Smart City initiatives around the world. “Singapore is doing a great job here,” says Weiss. “For instance, they have streetlamps that light up when a person is near” – saving energy while ensuring safety. Other cities are experimenting with new types of asphalt that use sensors to measure traffic congestion, collecting data that can be used to re-route and relieve traffic. Smart Cities will drive enormous demand for semiconductors.
The other three SEMI Smart Initiatives are:
- Smart MedTech, which is about semiconductor content in the medical industry – not only medical devices but also innovations such as remote diagnostics.
- Smart Manufacturing, which involves making factories and fabs smart, effective and efficient – for example, with robotics and automation.
- Smart Data-AI, as the basis for technologies that enable the intelligent future.
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