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Molex Predicts Rapid Increase in Applications Using Real-Time Data

Driving advances across the electronics ecosystem

Published: Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 12:00

(Molex: Lisle, IL) -- Molex, a global electronics leader and connectivity innovator, offers 2023 industry predictions using real-time data to propel major advancements across automotive, consumer devices, data center, and connected healthcare markets.

The emergence of powerful applications—such as artificial intelligence, AR/VR, digital twins, sensors, and machine learning—benefit from connected data to deliver customer value, starting with product design and ideation, and extending to supply chain intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and fulfillment.

Actionable data insights include:
• Major innovations in automotive, consumer devices, data centers, and connected healthcare applications 
• Artificial intelligence, AR/VR, digital twins, sensors, and machine learning enriched by proliferation of new data sources 
• Increased investments in edge computing and Industry 4.0 platforms needed to alleviate the strain of data-driven applications on IT infrastructures

“The collection of rich data has produced initial waves of highly intelligent, specific applications that are transforming entire industry segments while creating a glut of information that causes bandwidth and latency issues,” says Lily Yeung, Molex Ventures vice president. “As more applications for AI, AR/VR, and IoT sensors emerge, we expect pressure for faster cloud-computing speeds and edge-computing solutions that move data processing and computational storage closer to the edge of high-speed networks. Additionally, we see a continued push for 5G, diagnostic wearables, and electrification, which will contribute to ever-increasing amounts of data that must be collected, calibrated, and shared across a multitude of smart devices and platforms.”

Molex also forecasts a rise in cross-functional data collection to support integrated demand planning and end-to-end supply chain visibility across the electronics ecosystem. Integrated risk insights will boost logistics visibility, recovery, and transportation, while digital twins will play a major role in improving supply chain visibility, agility, and performance. These trends, among others, will accelerate the pace of market-specific innovations in 2023.

Automotive applications will put data front and center while advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) will depend on data from a constellation of sensors, including cameras, LIDAR systems, and AI applications that analyze data, identify road hazards, and present information in intuitive, integrated displays.

Automakers will make prescriptive moves to enable Level 2 and Level 3 autonomy. Interest and investment will be concentrated on mass-market adoption of Level 2 and Level 3 autonomy. 

Major investments in battery management, zonal architectures, and EV charging stations will dominate. Emerging demand for infrastructure advancements is expected to escalate over the next 12 to 18 months, which also will place greater emphasis on the need for intelligent sensors and high-speed connectors.

The industrial metaverse will affect the development of consumer devices and IIoT solutions, and AR/VR will leverage early success in the industrial sector, giving consumers a hint of what’s to come. They won’t be mainstream for five more years, but new offerings from Apple, Meta, and others will illuminate the vision of what the near future will hold. 

Investments in industrial IoT will grow, thanks to strong use cases in industrial settings. IoT in factory and industrial settings (such as robotics and AI) will see a surge in use as businesses roll out investments made over the last few years.

Supply chains for consumer devices will diversify to keep pace with market dynamics. Supply chains for mobile devices will continue to expand away from China and will accelerate, resulting in incremental investment from major U.S. and even Chinese device-makers into India.

Data center investments will continue to focus on processing speed and capacity to address the insatiable appetite for computational processing speed and storage capacity. The explosion of IoT and applications for consumer and business sectors will create a major macro trend for more robust computing and storage capabilities.

Edge computing will grab the largest share of investments. The migration toward extended reality (XR) will move data processing to the edge, allowing inferencing to happen more in real time to match performance expectations. 

Demand for personalized/customized healthcare solutions will dominate, but continued blurring of consumer vs. regulated products creates challenges. Providers of wearable diagnostics and the use of tracking applications for fitness, mental health, and other applications must navigate the regulatory environment, which requires specialized expertise.

Data privacy and security remain top priorities. Remote patient monitoring is becoming less about connectivity and more about actionable, real-time information analysis, especially amid persistent privacy and security sensitivities.

Mental-health diagnostic applications will emerge as the post-Covid emphasis on well-being opens the door wider for mental health diagnostic solutions.

To learn more about Molex and its predictions, visit www.molex.com.

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