Robert de Neve offered an interesting prediction in his Aug-11-2021 briefing on the 4th Industrial Revolution: your ability to win in your market space will depend on your ability to add mechatronics design to your repertoire.
Robert de Neve: Mechatronics is key differentiator products in the 2020’s
A short excerpt from 4th Industrial Revolution Insights by Robert de Neve on August 11, 2021
Sean Murphy: What do you mean when you say “solid-state electronics[-based technology will be marginalized.” Could you elaborate on that a little bit?
Robert de Neve: The next design methodology will be AI, motion, and vision-based mechatronics technology. So chip, system on a chip (SOC), microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS), nanotech will be used, but you can’t just write code or design chips. You need another engineering capability, where you put all that together and apply it to smart hardware. So I’m not saying software and solid-state electronics will go away, but it’s not going to be the dominant design methodology.
Sean Murphy: It’s a subtle point you’re making. We are going to keep making more chips, making chips more complex, and writing software. But the edge or frontier is now in mechatronics. Much of the incremental or differentiated value will come from AI, robotics, and vision.
Robert de Neve: Absolutely. Your ability to win in your market space will depend on your ability to add mechatronics design to your repertoire.
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