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What 5G Means For Electronics
Testing of the 5G standard by US telcos Verizon and AT&T has already begun, with the roll-out of the latest iteration of wireless signal likely to be a commercial reality by 2020.

As the name suggests, it will be the 5th generation of wireless signal, and along with it will come many features, the best being speed. How will this affect electronics? In many ways.

Worldwide, there is an estimated six billion devices connected to wireless technology. By 2020 the number is set to more than triple to almost 21 billion. Until recently the majority of wireless devices were smartphones, tablets, televisions and laptops. However, with home automation sales also set to increase by up $28 billion by 2020, there is plenty of scope for producers of electronics componentry.

Some products that will be taking advantage of 5G super speed include cars, door locks, home appliances, security cameras, gaming consoles, drones, wearables, and even things such as dog collars and virtual reality (VR) devices.

Although most of these devices exist in a manual form, as the growing middle classes in developing countries adopt the latest technologies, wireless appliances and gadgets will all need electronic componentry. With such a proliferation of products expected in such a short time frame, and well into the future, the electronics components industry has a chance to jump on what could be a lucrative bandwagon.
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​THE WORLD Semiconductor Trade Statistics organisation has forecast the sales of chips will show steady growth in 2015, with the global market to be worth US$347 billion.
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08/06/15 - THE WORLD Semiconductor Trade Statistics organisation has forecast the sales of chips will show steady growth in 2015.
​RESEARCHERS at the University of Washington in Seattle have found a way to harvest energy from ambient Wi-Fi signals.
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08/06/15 - RESEARCHERS at the University of Washington in Seattle have found a way to harvest energy from ambient Wi-Fi signals.
​WHILE China has long been seen as the low cost labour capital of the world, it appears its semiconductor production sector is not keeping up with demand.
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04/06/15 - WHILE China has long been seen as the low cost labour capital of the world, it appears its semiconductor production sector is not keeping up with demand.
​INTEL has launched new products and solutions for designers and engineers looking to jump into IoT and wearables.
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04/06/15 - INTEL has launched new products and solutions for designers and engineers looking to jump into IoT and wearables.
​MELBOURNE-based technology company Stokes will focus on lighting and audio visual products, as it sells off its appliance parts division.
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04/06/15 - MELBOURNE-based technology company Stokes will focus on lighting and audio visual products, as it sells off its appliance parts division.
​CANBERRA-based Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has been awarded a $3.6 million contract to provide new remote weapon systems to the armed forces of a NATO country.
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04/06/15 - CANBERRA-based Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has been awarded a $3.6 million contract to provide new remote weapon systems to a NATO country.
GOOGLE’s Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) group has launched Project Soli, a single-chip solution which can detect very fine motion.
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02/06/15 - GOOGLE’s Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) group has launched Project Soli, a single-chip solution which can detect very fine motion.
​THE SEMICONDUCTOR Industry Association has agreed to a series of policy proposals to strengthen international cooperation.
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02/06/15 - THE SEMICONDUCTOR Industry Association has agreed to a series of policy proposals to strengthen international cooperation.
TAIWAN Semiconductor (TSMC) says it will release its 7nm processors by 2017, after introducing the new fabrication technology early 2014.
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02/06/15 - TAIWAN Semiconductor (TSMC) says it will release its 7nm processors by 2017, after introducing the new fabrication technology early 2014.
​A QUANTUM tunnelling breakthrough at the Australian National University (ANU) could lead to faster and smaller electronic components.
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02/06/15 - A QUANTUM tunnelling breakthrough at the Australian National University (ANU) could lead to faster and smaller electronic components.
​GLOBAL mobile DRAM prices have bottomed out, according to TrendForce.
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28/05/15 - GLOBAL mobile DRAM prices have bottomed out, according to TrendForce.
​RESEARCHERS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
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28/05/15 - RESEARCHERS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.

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