IC unit shipment in 2003 will grow by 15%, says market research firm IC Insights (www.icinsights.com) in its 2003 McClean forecast report. The firm cites electronic system production growth as the main reason, forecasting that the rise will reach 7%, thanks to a PC upgrade cycle after two years of decline. Cyclical model of the chip industry and strong recovery of the dollars are also favorable factors. Other projections by IC Insights include:
10% increase in electronic system production in 2004, spurred by a 3.9% global GDP growth.
Fab capacity utilization will reach 87% by the end of 2003 and 92% in 2004 due to growing unit volumes and the closure of older facilities.
Semiconductor capital spending will increase 10% in 2003. Most spending will come from 300-mm wafer fabs and equipment.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.