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52 The PCB Magazine • May 2017 Worldwide Spending on Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Systems to Hit $12.5B in 2017 A new update to the Worldwide Semiannual Cog- nitive Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for cognitive and ar- tificial intelligence (AI) systems will reach $12.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 59.3% over 2016. Inkjet Printable and Biocompatible Layered Electronics Printed electronics can lead to both low-cost and flexible devices. Flexible electronics is of particu- lar interest for wearable systems, such as health and fitness trackers, while the relative low-costs of printing are attractive for functional packaging for consumer products. Innovations Enabled by Industrial IoT Accelerate the Shift to Manufacturing 4.0 Manufacturing across the globe is on the threshold of a revolution, with Industrial Internet of Things enabling manufacturers to influence the capaci- ty of objects to communicate with and sense the world around them. Streamlining Mass Production of Printable Electronics Memory devices—as a subset of electronic func- tions that includes logic, sensors and displays— have undergone an exponential increase in inte- gration and performance known as Moore's Law. In parallel, our daily lives increasingly involve an assortment of relatively low-performance electron- ic functions implemented in computer chips on credit cards, in-home appliances, and even smart tags on consumer products. Semiconductor Industry Sets Out Research Needed to Advance Emerging Technologies The report, titled Semiconductor Research Oppor- tunities: An Industry Vision and Guide, also calls for robust government and industry investments in research to unlock new technologies beyond conventional, silicon-based semiconductors and to advance next-generation semiconductor man- ufacturing methods. Driverless Cars and Shared Mobility to Transform Traditional Vehicle Interiors Fully driverless technology will spark a transforma- tion of personal mobility, enabling consumers to abandon costly vehicle ownership and summon shared vehicles when needed. Robotics Companies Off to Fast Start Since Trump's Inauguration Since being inaugurated on January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump has pursued a policy of discouraging manufacturers from leaving the Unit- ed States. As a result, more businesses, large and small, have turned towards robotics technologies to keep labor costs down. Spotlight on Industry 4.0 The way we approach employee training in the workplace must change as we see traditional in- dustrial sites transformed into smart factories and technology taking over, according to RMIT Eu- rope Innovation and Engagement Manager Boaz Kogon. Flexible Electronic Devices With Roll-To-Roll Over-molding Technology VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has, for the first time, performed all manufacturing stag- es for a flexible in-moulded LED foil -in roll-to-roll process. The purpose of this demo is to prove the suitability of the technique for the highly cost-ef- fective manufacture of products such as flexible LED displays containing printed electronics. Global Smart Locks Market: Rising Trend of Smart Homes to Drive Growth As per TMR, the worldwide market for smart locks was worth US$226.7M in 2015. Researchers ex- pect the opportunity in this market to increase at a CAGR of 18.30% during the period from 2016 to 2024 and reach US$1.01B by the end of the fore- cast period. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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