15 Ways Deep Tech Drives Amazing Innovation. But How Important Is Collaboration?

Imec’s annual forum provides a roadmap of deep-tech innovations for the semiconductor, neuro-biologic, and energy futures.

“Today, we are at the dawn of the 5th disruptive innovation wave, known as the deep-tech wave.” With these words, Luc Van den hove, the president and CEO of Imec, started the opening keynote for the annual Imec Technical Forum (ITF). 

He described deep tech as a tale of bits, molecules, and an ecosystem that builds on the convergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), material science, biology, and semiconductors. This will disrupt virtually every aspect of the physical world. The core of this innovative state will lie with semiconductors, thanks to their massive integration power, accessible mass production, and low cost. 

The following gallery consists of the highlights of his keynote presentation.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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