"smart" in these instances usually signifies energy effiency"
Ariella, I don't think smart means only energy efficient. Smart devices has some other definitions like detect the inputs and act accordingly, self working with intelligent decisions etc. Ofcource such devices are more energy efficient.
I certainly agree with you on that. If its not smart, it can,t be electronic is the motto of today and it keeps getting smart day by day. Smart is what makes the difference between electronics of today even though they are practically the same and perform the same function
@Jacob "smart" in these instances usually signifies energy effiency. However, I'm not certain that the product has to meet certain standards to apply the term. It may be one of those rather nebulous words with respect to product desciptions like "natural."
"In the new scenario of improved manufacturing techniques, short turn-around cycles - is it possible to reverse this process?"
Prabhakar, I think practically it's very difficult. Since the designer going to give specification and manufacture has to arrange separate facilities (die, package and other parameters) for the particular production, this can cause an extra investment. Moreover the requirement is very less and hence the per piece cost at a high level. What I mean is not economical. Most of the devices/components are available at a reasonable price because of mass production.
I really worry for the older generation when technology is concerned. Have you ever seen an old age pensioner trying to program their HDD sat system? There are 15 million barely legible buttons. I would like smart technology to have much simpler user interfaces.
"The future of the electronics industry involves smart homes, smart factories, green IT, cloud computing, robotics, intuitive consumer products, smart and artificial intelligence-based production"
Lavanya, yes the future of electronics is linked with the word "Smart". What does mean by this smart. Manufactures are building up something over the existing models with a tag smart. It can be an additional functionality or automation etc. But without electronic there won't be any IT or any other services.
The current supply chain is all one way - The components are manufactured -distributed- retailed and finally bought by the product designers and manufacturers in their products.
In the new scenario of improved manufacturing techniques, short turn-around cycles - is it possible to reverse this process?
For example the product designers define the kind of components -passive or active, analog or digital , displays or touchscreens that they want . This information flows back through distributors to the component manufacturers and they build and supply those components, modules.
It is like , somewhere I read that in some car manufacturing plant, a customer can design his own car ( The color, the dashboard, the style, the engine etc) and the order is automatically executed on the assembly line to produce that car.
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