Co-dependence, a new trend in high-tech technology
A new trend for high-technology devices is co-dependency: they’re all designed to work together, rather than competing.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Paul Vixie, a co-founder of Zim, a startup developing devices that can integrate sensors and sensors-to-light, explained that this trend is the result of two things: the rise of wearable technology and the development of more and more advanced semiconductors.
“The more advanced the technology, the more complex the design,” Vixie said.
“When I talk about the semiconductor industry, the most interesting ones that I can think of are in the areas of embedded circuits and transistors.”
The semiconductor and electronic devices that make up the semiconducting fabric of today are made of silicon.
The basic technology of a semiconductor transistor is the same technology that makes up the electronic circuitry of today’s computers, televisions, smartphones and other devices.
And as technology continues to advance, it will continue to change how the semicaffeic material it is made from behaves.
As the electronics industry moves toward more advanced technology, new ways of working will become possible, according to Vixie.
“If we have the right technology, we can be more efficient,” he said.
One of the more recent examples of this is the development and sale of devices that allow people to control the speed of an electronic device by controlling the voltage applied to the transistor.
“A couple of years ago, a company called Zim was building a device that could be used to control an electronic transistor.
They could use the voltage of the transistor to move the transistor around,” Viggie said.
And today, we’re seeing these devices being used in products that are very sophisticated, such as cars.
“With the introduction of the latest generation of chips, we are seeing new technologies coming out,” Viggin said.
These include a process called MEMS, which Viggi described as a “supercomputer-like” process that can control many components of an integrated circuit.
“Now that we have a high-performance processor, we’ve gone to the next level and we’re starting to get to control things that used to be completely autonomous,” he added.
“In fact, with the introduction in 2017 of the first silicon-based microcontroller chip, we saw a huge increase in the number of applications that you could control.”
Another new approach is using an integrated semiconductor chip that is embedded in a chip.
In the future, Viggio said, we may be able to control these chips and devices from the cloud.
“We’re starting with embedded systems,” he explained.
“They are very high-throughput and they are connected to all sorts of other devices and things.”
The next wave of electronics devices will incorporate multiple devices into a single device.
These devices may also incorporate a microprocessor that is the brain of the system, such that a single chip can be used as the brain for many different chips, Viginia said.
This type of technology has a very clear goal: it is a way to make an integrated system that is self-sufficient.
For example, if a smartphone or other electronic device needs to be able read the user’s mind and make decisions about the way that the system should operate, it could be programmed to do so.
But with a system that can be built and controlled by many different devices, this technology opens up a whole new world of possibilities, Vigo said.
Viggia also pointed out that, although these types of devices have been in the market for decades, they have never had the level of development that the semicacomp system has had in the last few years.
“You have this whole field of semiconductive electronics that is really interesting, but there are still so many more advanced and different applications that are not being developed,” Vigo explained.
And even though these new technologies have been around for decades and are still in the design stage, Vixie believes they are on the verge of taking off.
“There are so many other applications that we’ve never really been able to realize, because of the cost and the complexity,” Voggia said.
In addition to developing new technologies, Voggi is also working on a project that aims to provide a solution to the current problems faced by people with cognitive disabilities.
“I am working on an integrated electronic device that is not a smart phone,” he told The Washington Public Broadcasting Service.
“It’s a chip that connects to a smart home, it connects to the Internet, it has all kinds of capabilities that make it a good addition to any smart home.”