The 2004 midterm semiconductor forecast published by Future Horizons shows that the semiconductor market will see a 32-percent growth in the rest of 2004 and a further 28-percent growth in 2005, which would make it a $282 billion dollar industry. Future Horizons, while acknowledging that its forecasts could be high, contend that their predictions should hold true only if the economy grows at the current predicted 4-4.6 percent. Meanwhile, the European market is going in the opposite direction of the rest of the global market as Future Horizons has reported a $40 billion trade deficit in Europe.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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