Spring 2013 IAB & Research Review
March 6 - 8

Dr. Janusz Bryzek, VP Fairchild Semiconductor

TSensors: Roadmap to Accelerated Abundance

Development of world’s first silicon sensors in the 1960s was triggered by desires to develop better killing machines.
With time, sensors migrated to process control market, then industrial controls, automotive and medical markets. Introduction of iPhone in 2007 (yes, it is already 6 years!) and WII game platform triggered a dramatic deployment of sensors into consumer devices. While in 2007 10 million sensors were absorbed, in 2012 the MEMS sensor absorption in mobile devices grew to 3.5 billion sensors, representing about 220%/y compounded growth rate.
Sensors are currently entering a new phase addressing global scale issues and problems, such as:
• Transition to monitoring global environment and Always ON personal environment.
• Context computing and sensing.
• Drive to bring human “senses” to computers.
• Internet of Things.
• Eradication of world’s largest problems, such as hunger, overpopulation, lack of clean water, energy and medical care, enabling Abundance.
Concept of Abundance was introduced by Peter Diamandis of XPrize Foundation. Abundance is defined as equality between supply and demand for goods and services on Earth. Peter believes that Abundance is feasible in just one generation (20 years) due to emergence of exponential technologies delivering a faster growth of supplies and services than the global demand for them. Sensors are one of the exponential technologies, with forecasted growth to 45 trillion units in 20 years.
As sensors are becoming part of global problem solutions, many other organizations forecast sensor volumes to exceed trillions by 2022.
Historically, sensor development was significantly lagging behind other semiconductor technologies. Without a dedicated effort to accelerate sensor development, time to reach abundance, the most impactful sensor contribution, will stretch.
The goal of TSensors is to develop a visionary 10 year market forecast (Roadmap) for emerging sensor applications each expected to grow to annual volumes of at least 1 billion units per year by 2022 and cumulatively to over trillion units per, and to identify sensor types and technologies supporting these applications. We expect this Roadmap to enable academia, industry and Governments to join forces to accelerate large volume sensor developments.
It is very rewarding to watch sensor industry turnaround from the enabler of better killing machines to help in saving billions of lives on planet Earth and improving standard of living for all of us…
This presentation will discuss in more details the TSensors initiative.