CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) technology has changed the way we interact with our devices and is expected to see significant growth in the market in the coming years. David Haynes, managing director of strategic marketing in the customer support business group, shares his thoughts on this topic with EE Times.
When we talk about technology, much of our focus tends to be on the major drivers of electronics: CMOS logic and memory. While those may account for the bulk of the devices that are built using Lam Research tools, there are many other specialty technologies required to create systems that are useful to humans. Many of those technologies affect how we interact with our electronics. Examples include:
- Sensors, including CMOS image sensors (CIS) and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
- Radio-frequency (RF) circuits for sending and receiving wireless signals
- Power electronics, built with devices like MOSFETs, insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), and those fashioned using bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) technology
- Optical devices, including displays and photonic components
These technologies affect a wide range of systems in the commercial, industrial, and automotive markets. Of significant recent interest have been Internet of things (IoT) devices and cellular technology (5G in particular) both of which make extensive use of specialty technologies. Together, these markets may account for as much as 30% of global IC demand by 2023. (Source: IC Insights, McClean and OSD Reports, 2019)
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