Get ahead ! In a rapidly digitalising world where every electronic product is getting smaller and smarter, standing out from the crowd may seem out of reach for manufacturers. But custom IC design can enable true product differentiation, says Richard Mount.
It is estimated that 127 new internet of things (IoT) devices connect to the internet every second (McKinsey Global Institute). To stand out in a large and competitive market, manufacturers need a product that is innovative and unique. An application specific integrated circuit (asic) is designed to the manufacturer’s specific requirements. It provides optimum performance as well as providing high reliability, IP protection and a safe supply for the lifetime of the product.
A key component of any industrial IoT (IIoT) application is the sensor technology. The sensor’s role is to collect data that can later be analysed and used to improve efficiencies across many processes. The sensor requires an interface, which is where signal conversion of sensor data occurs, and where the analysis, control and transmission of it is handled. It is this interface functionality that can be differentiated through the use of an asic.