It is fun to see all of the new gadgets when reading the reviews from the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) that is held in Las Vegas every January. At the same time, it is a bit intimidating as to how far some technology is developing such as Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). All of the new robots that can do things on command for you, from cleaning your BBQ to mowing your lawn are amazing, as is the Amazon Echo that is popping up in everyone's home.
All these advancements are great for our industry as more electronics just means more circuit boards in our daily lives. These types of devices generally lead to advancements in flexible circuitry, as well as HDI as devices get smaller and thinner. Manufacturers will look for new ways to miniaturize all of their parts including the circuitry.
A new area which has re-emerged, that may be of interest for these growing fields, is 3D molded interconnecting devices. This technology was introduced back in the 1980's but faced many challenges that have been addressed. These are very interesting devices as they are single component which consolidate circuitry and reduce parts. You are able to make a single device instead of exhausting multiple moving pieces. The 3D structure poses many obvious manufacturing challenges but the rewards are enormous.
Taiyo is working in many areas to find solutions for these growing markets like Robotics.
Our efforts in developing new products for flexible substrates as well as 3D molding are in progress and will be available to the market in the near future!
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