This sector brief provides background to the “green economy” related global market changes that are propelling growth in the semiconductor and electronics industries. This brief is also intended to provide a backdrop for topics addressed in this issue of MarketWatch Quarterly, such as understanding the critical role and proliferation of energy efficiency solutions to the next wave of significant semiconductor growth, and the role of new geo-economic shifts in semi, particularly in the European market.
Read more: Sector Brief: Energy Efficiency is a New Growth Sector for Semi
Please refer to this MarketWatch Quarterly's Sector Brief, "Energy Efficiency is a New Growth Sector for Semi," for a more detailed consideration of the economic and industry based impetus behind this 2010 forecast.
The smart grid has been called the “largest interconnected machine on Earth," George Arnold, the national coordinator for smart grid interoperability. Given all that makes up the “smart grid” that statement is quite accurate. Starting with technology that enables two-way communication between electric meters, home networks, local networks and wide area networks, the “smart grid” is a platform for connecting residential, commercial and industrial hardware. The benefit of this new network is the data that it can collect and distribute; data which enable active and pro-active energy conservation. For the electronics industry, the benefit of the “smart grid” is the significant growth in network devices and related equipment in addition to the numerous electronics products to be equipped with network connectivity, as well as significant increases in servers and data storage devices.
Read more: The 2010 Data Wave: How smart solutions will drive semi growth