New Year; new predictions. Each January, EE Times editors go through the list of electronics technologies overhyped as well as underexposed, to come up with what we believe will be the hot areas during the next 12 months. Here are our picks; please give us a reality check by adding your comments to the discussion.
3D Brain Tissue
Based on fabrication techniques used in the semiconductor industry, a team of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School developed a simple and inexpensive way to create three-dimensional brain tissues in a lab dish.
The technique yields tissue constructs that closely mimic the cellular composition of those in the living brain, allowing scientists to study how neurons form connections and to anticipate how cells from individual patients might respond to different drugs.
In the long term, researchers said they expect to better understand how to design tissue implants that could be used to replace damaged tissue in patients.
MIT researchers stacked neurons to form 3-D brain tissue.
3D printing is technology which everyone is excited about. Needs to be seen what advancement will we see in 3D printing this year. We are seeing some new versions of 3D printers in on-going CESC exhibition.
Good overall list... how ever, I do take exception to one -3-D printing! The industry (may be in sync with 3D TV's) would love to use the fancy word for many engineers like me have been using as SLA machines (stereolithography). These prototyping machines in manufacturing have been around for decades and have always been the lowest-cost way to make sample parts. But I would argue they remain as play for enterprises by a huge majority than for consumers! Equipments and materials are no where near the price models of Inkjet printers!
By the way, regarding some 2012 duds in the list, I would list:
1. NXP's IoT with light bulbs -largely remained as a dreamware for 2012!
2. Plastic electronics ended the year as only slightly removed from hype!
3. NFC -mixed bag in the USA; caught on in EU.
4. Printed electronics -ditto! The explosion as huge growth opportunity yet to materialize!
5. Graphene -still in hype cycle!
6. GPGPU -right on! Winner!!
7. EUV -need I say more, HYPE continues!
8. 40/100Gig Ethernet -catching up BUT not in RJ45!!
9. Mobile OS with Android -right on! Winner!!
10. AMOLEDs -neutral! Some wins in tablets, TV still too expensive!
11. 3DIC's -neutral; many-ongoing designs, some product releases (Samsung's RDRAM with TSV's).
Overall, I would give a thumbs up to EE Times.