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Sometimes, certain industries start feeding each other the necessary demand and supply nexus that each business needs. Such has been the case with automobile industry and semiconductor development business where automobile industry is increasingly adopting state-of-the-art semiconductor technology to renovate the very idea of the car. Statistics don’t lie and currently vehicles consume 10 percent of electronic semiconductor production around the world. As more computation, more sensory capability and more connectivity becomes the obsession, the presence of semiconductors seem inevitable to an extent with only increase in sight. From microprocessors to micro controllers to simple IC chips, vehicle industry may well lead the semiconductor consumption in near future.
Why such demand?
Of course, behind every story of increased demand lies a story of new necessities that arise because of certain changes. Automobile industry is trying to open new horizons by ensuring safety and security of a supremely advanced level and it is impossible to provide such precision without taking recourse to latest sensors. Similarly, a robust internal architecture is only possible if an amount of electronic technology is invested to make the experience smoother. Another factor of concern is the big data handling where high-speed electronic devices are a must.
Shaping the other
However, it is not simply a one way story where demand is simply met by supply. Rather, automobile industry’s demands have started shaping certain semiconductor enterprises’ business directions. The automobile industry is making itself heard through conferences where the chief concern is how to innovate in parallel with progresses in semiconductor development. This change occurred less than ten years ago and people are still trying to understand the possible path it may trace in the future. In fact, in terms of design concern, semiconductor technology often becomes the prime ones as they offer strategic variations the most.
The big players joining in
As it is the case with all businesses, when the big players start adopting things, they immediately become mainstream and objects of desire. Such has been the case with semiconductor technology where Audi, Volkswagen, Daimler have joined in to make sure that there is no dearth of attention to this change in scenario. So much so, semiconductor giants like ARM has decided to open a new branch of semiconductor development specially dedicated to automotive industry. They will introduce custom-made features so that better optimization of performance is possible.
A rapidly changing future
With automatic cars a reality and as each day, cars are coming out supremely luxurious features, it is highly likely that dedicated semiconductor companies will come up just for providing such technology. Maintaining high security standards with high quality control, these companies allow electronics to think of new fields to explore. Since it is a growing one, it will take some time before the focal points become clear and semiconductor industry can invest wholeheartedly. Even then, it is fascinating to see two vastly different fields sharing similar ambition and joining hands to innovate. That day is not far when partnerships like this will emerge from grass-root level.