Electronic test and measurement in Asia: trends, challenges, opportunities
Article by: Ee Huei Sin, Keysight Technologies
Here are the top five trends in electronic testing and measurement in Asia for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.
Amid the latest trends and developments in the electronics industry, how does the test and measurement industry keep pace? This month’s In Focus looks at the factors driving innovations and developments in T&M, new challenges and opportunities.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected all sectors of society and is forcing businesses, small businesses, governments and private institutions to pivot, in some cases extensively, to accelerate digital transformations and rethink how innovation is carried out.
Tech companies are stepping up training and organizing critical innovation teams, managed remotely as well as in person. As engineers and other innovators return to on-site collaboration, in person, they will be more intentional and strategic about when to do so, as collaborative technologies and practices have and will continue to take on new importance. We are seeing the breakthrough of artificial intelligence in manufacturing, design and distribution. The adoption of the Internet of Things is being driven by the initial deployment of 5G systems connecting IoT devices dispersed in various use cases. And other innovations include potentially revolutionary technologies in medicine, engineering, environmental science, and chemistry.
For these applications and more, the demand for advanced computing power has increased as chipmakers developing architectures to handle the increased demand and quantum computing starting to target data-hungry issues in industry, health and energy.
Because Keysight provides advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, our commitment to speed and accuracy extends to the software-based insights and analytics that make products technologies of tomorrow to market faster throughout the development cycle, in design simulation, validation of prototypes, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis and optimization and visibility of network performance in enterprise environments, service and cloud provider.
Our clients cover the global industrial communications and ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated $ 4.2 billion in revenue in fiscal 2020.
Midway through 2021, here are the top five trends we see driving electronics testing and measurement in Asia for the remainder of 2021 and beyond:
1. Software-assisted design, test and validation
The impact of a hybrid workforce on the development, design and deployment of technology is increasingly addressed through software. Hybrid workforce, social distancing and other dilutions of historic labor efforts accelerate software activation for product design and development, R&D, testing, manufacturing / production, and diagnostic troubleshooting , with remote software solutions.
Thus, the focus is more on new software solutions for the design, testing and validation of digital tools, as well as for the analysis and interpretation of advanced analyzes and data visualizations, in particular for R&D measures, as more experiments and iterations need to be tested.
Engineers need deep data analysis that requires richer automation capabilities. They must also perform tests on complex designs and simulations as electronic packaging environments become more complex, requiring measurements of power flow, heat, and assembly while validating prototypes for s. ensure that designs work as expected.
An example of software-enabled testing and validation is in one of our own initiatives. Last year, we launched an “Innovate Anywhere” program to help customers maintain engineering productivity during the pandemic, with scalable distance learning and live network testing.
Security also has a new focus. Developers address potential security issues, including security testing, much earlier in the design cycle. The focus is more on how products are deployed, the use of contactless and contactless technology, the elimination of human intervention, and the complete automation of self-healing networks.
User experience (UX) continues to gain in importance to customers and providers of software solutions of all types due to the increased role that these solutions play in professional and personal contexts, and the ever-increasing expectations resulting from the frustrations associated with them. mediocre experiences.
2. 5G remains a strategic imperative
5G remains a strategic imperative for businesses and governments in Asia. 5G technology is evolving and generating a strong demand for test and measurement technologies, throughout the design lifecycle, from development to deployment.
Keysight offers the industry’s most comprehensive suite of 5G design and test solutions, enabling the global construction of networks and devices. We continue to see new use cases and continuous innovation as the ecosystem evolves and adapts to new technology.
Our approach to 5G solutions includes collaboration on O-RAN (Open Radio Access Network) with several industry leaders, leading to the introduction of a suite of end-to-end solutions for O-RAN providers and operators. mobile. Our ability to provide complete solutions for testing, security and visibility of network protocols enables us to solve many challenges in the industry.
As the pandemic has slowed deployments, 5G networks will lead to improvements in electrical, energy and financial infrastructure. 5G will move beyond the smartphone to industrial use cases and enabling virtualized healthcare delivery and procedures, and manufacturing and network deployments will begin to catch up with device launches, as well as ‘greater diversification of 5G devices with several price points. Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) and new national spectrum policies will drive a widespread 5G deployment, as accessibility to user equipment grows to address current coverage issues and cost of deploying mid-band spectrum.
3. Greater investment in IoT
Increased investment in the infrastructure that enables IoT and IIoT (Factory 4.0), including distributed cloud and hyper-connectivity, emphasizes private 5G networks for industrial enterprises, which will facilitate remote operation and management, among others.
A growing remote workforce is fueling the IIoT, forcing companies to deploy intelligent equipment to effectively manage manufacturing and factory operations remotely. As a result, we are seeing an increased interest in automation and the use of robotics and machine learning to manage facilities, as well as a growing acceptance of the use of the cloud to automate production lines. This brings new solutions for the automation of manufacturing, testing and analysis of all components as automotive and other installations expand.
We are also seeing increased investment in IIoT functions for predictable real-time control, which will require an increase in the number of machines and sensors, as well as a network infrastructure capable of handling this growing number of devices.
4. Automobile, AV, VE
As the number of sensors powering on-board networks continues to increase, on-board networks must keep pace.
The development of autonomous vehicles (AV) will continue to evolve. AV investment is still modest, but may pick up soon. We see this more aggressively in Greater China, as that region has pledged to phase out conventional gas vehicles by 2035.
Sales of electronic vehicles (EVs) are increasing, but they represent only a small percentage (3%) of total automotive manufacturing. Interest in electric vehicles is growing as countries face more stringent emissions standards.
In automotive, Keysight’s solution portfolio continues to expand with new advanced technologies such as AC emulation, millimeter wave radar, power semiconductor technology, automotive Ethernet, C-V2X and cybersecurity software systems. As the reinvention of automotive ecosystems continues, Keysight enables disruptive innovation in new mobility technologies.
5. Quantum systems
Although early, we expect accelerated levels of investment in quantum computing. Quantum is entering a robust research phase in which the main players will continue to experiment and invest.
There are many competing qubit technologies – the major ones include superconducting, trapped ion, spin silicon implementations, as well as photon implementations. These technologies will continue to evolve at a rapid pace and the quantum aspect of materials research will intensify.
As the quantum ecosystem continues to form, Keysight is committed to providing customers with a comprehensive suite of solutions for the global quantum stack. Keysight recently added Quantum Benchmark to its portfolio, offering unique capabilities to solve complex qubit and validation error problems. This comes after the startup’s acquisition of MIT Labber Quantum last year, leading to the development of Keysight’s quantum engineering toolkit.
About the Author
Ee Huei Sin is senior vice president and president of the industrial electronics solutions group, Keysight Technologies. Huei Sin leads Keysight’s electronic industrial solutions group, which addresses electronic design and testing opportunities in the automotive, power, general electronics, manufacturing, education and semiconductors. She is also responsible for the global Keysight training program. In this role, she leads company-wide efforts to build strong relationships with universities and advance the long-term preference for the Keysight brand among future customers and employees.