Semiconductor Chipmakers Closely Following Research Studies on Active Electronic Components

Published Date : Feb 03, 2016

The active electronic components market is witnessing a number of developments lately. Neuromorphic chips constitute of a network of transistors that interact in a way similar to that of neurons, thereby allowing them to process analog input such as visual information. Neuromorphic chips process the analog inputs more accurately and faster than silicon chips. Processors designed to mimic neurons and neural circuits offer great advantages in terms of scalability and power consumption. Optoelectronic components have emerged as a suitable solution for building such processors as photons are faster than electricity moving along a trace. Researchers from Princeton University have demonstrated the usage of graphene as an optical capacitor. An optical capacitor stabilizes the function of laser transistors across optical neuromorphic circuits. 

Intel Invested US$12 bn on Research Related to Semiconductor Devices in 2015

Taking a keen interest in the recent research studies on active electronic components, the global semiconductor chipmakers are investing massively in research and development activities. 

  • In 2015, Intel Corp., the U.S.-based industry giant made an investment worth US$12.1 bn on semiconductor research. 
  • It was followed by Qualcomm Inc. with an investment value of US$3.7 bn. 
  • Samsung Electronics took the third position with US$3.13 bn spent on semiconductor R&D. The investment value of Samsung is 5% more from the previous year’s investments worth US$2.97 bn. 

Asia Pacific to Dominate Active Electronics Components Market in Near Future

It is interesting to note that how the presence of industry giants such as Intel and Qualcomm has boosted the growth of the active electronic components market in North America. In 2014, North America dominated the overall market. However, in the coming years, growing demand for active electronic components from the rapidly growing electronic manufacturing industry across China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea will propel the growth of the market in the Asia Pacific region.