Innovate beyond silicon
More than moore
A new roadmap, called More than Moore (MtM), is gaining momentum. It encourages chip and hardware developers to think beyond the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) trajectory and to consider other technologies in their product development roadmaps. MtM is particularly relevant for IoT application development, given the inclusion of analog sensing technologies and the low-power, low-latency requirements of connected things.
For example, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)—such as gyroscopes and pressure and motion functions, among others—are critical for virtually all IoT applications. Also, new and innovative packaging technologies, such as layered silicon, will reduce the size of devices and the time circuits need to wait for instructions.
To take full advantage of MtM, the R&D organization should watch three value-seeking opportunities: chip specialization, algorithms and ecosystems.