Pan Pacific Symposium Conference Proceedings


CAN ET PULL US UPWARD?

Author: Ken Gilleo
Company: Cookson Electronics
Date Published: 2/18/2003   Conference: Pan Pacific Symposium


Abstract: The doldrums seem to linger on endlessly. Yes, there are bright spots to be sure. But there are also black holes that siphon off energy and extinguish the embers. Can Emerging Technologies (ET) help pull us out of the hole and launch us back to more a stellar orbit?

Perhaps! This paper will shine light on ET and help demystify some of the elements. We will take a broad-brush sweep to visualize emerging areas of new materials, devices and systems. We’ll delve into issues and analyze some of the potentially important areas that can catalyze truly new businesses. We seek some answers.

Is nanotechnology really new or a hyped up version of chemistry 101? What about MEMS? Has a single company really sold 100-million MEMS chips? And if this is true, is MEMS the next big thing in the world of tiny technology? Is the cinema going "filmless" as digital finally moves into the movie business? Today, you can see a digital movie in any one of dozens of theaters, but how does it work and what does it foretell about future home entertainment? Will Blockbuster rent videos through the Internet to play in your MOEMS home theater or on your PDA? Did you download your favorite author’s e-book for the trip? You can do it today.

We will survey the most unusual, fascinating and far-reaching members of the ET family and then predict the future. So come join us to find out why the best is yet to come and the limit is your imagination.

Key words: MOEMS, MEMS, nanotechnology, telecom, Wi-Fi.



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