Autonomous Growth Increases Auto Semi's Rise
The semantics of "mobility" is widening as we increase the capabilities of what are now "connected cars." Mobile continues to be the growth word for the industry, and the scope of what "mobile" entails is still growing beyond smartphones and tablets. Mobility has extended to include wearable electronics for a gamut of purposes such as health and fitness, medical monitoring, and of course general consumer electronics like Google Glass and the anticipated next round of "smart watches" due out for the winter holidays. On another mobile front, automotive electronics is steadily increasing the amount of semiconductor penetration in any given vehicle. On the consumer side, there is a shift in the importance of automotive electronics that consumers look to as differentiators to compare automakers and models.
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Extreme Challenges: Downhole electronic components
The recent issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) includes a noteworthy article by Robin Beckwith, "Downhole Electronic Components: Achieving Performance Reliability." In this article, Beckwith carefully reviews the significant challenges facing the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry with a well-rounded discussion of the challenges associated with supporting ruggedized electronic components. The onboard components for these tools must be capable of withstanding the extreme conditions of downhole Exploration and Production (E&P), such as the case for measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tools.
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