That's interesting about the explosion in the focus on automotive at Design West. Even before the development of hybrids and EVs, the portion of electronics in cars was expanding. Now, many cars are becoming electronics devices.
It's worth noting that when I first starting attending Design West about a dozen years ago, there was very little automotive electronics technology there. In the ensuing 12 years, the content in the average car has jumped from roughly 20% electronics to almost 40% electronic.
This is great to put the spotlight on sensor technology. With sensors and feedback devices getting smarter and the communications options getting so much stronger with the potential of wireless, sensors are becoming a critical building block. Good stuff that will definitely be making an impact on new designs.
Please note that Design News is sponsoring the Sensors in Design summit, which is part of DESIGN West. We'll have a great program, including deep dives into MEMS, smart sensors, sensors in harsh environments, and a lot of great speakers.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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