Con­sumer, In­dus­trial Sec­tors to Fuel IoT

Wear­able IoT devices will con­tinue the pro­lif­er­a­tion with more printed and flex­i­ble op­tions. Smart watches, which un­til now were in pre­mium cat­e­gory, would go main­stream.

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Sev­eral trends will drive the semi­con­duc­tor and elec­tron­ics sec­tor in 2016 and Wear­able IoT devices will con­tinue the pro­lif­er­a­tion with more printed and flex­i­ble op­tions along with in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic high-end ac­ces­sories.

Smart watches, which had been only in the pre­mium cat­e­gory to date, would go main­stream. A range of smart watches will be an­nounced in the mid-seg­ment, and th­ese will re­place the reg­u­lar watches.

Vir­tual Re­al­ity and aug­mented re­al­ity will likely go more main­stream this year in events and as well as in gam­ing, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Mi­crosoft’s Hololens and Face­book’s Oc­cult.

In­dus­trial

There will be more ad­vance­ment of 3D print­ing tech­nolo­gies, prices drop­ping for 3D print­ers along with ad­di­tion of dif­fer­ent types of ma­te­ri­als and use-cases.

The big­gest shift in the ecosys­tem is with the emer­gence of IoT, the chang­ing busi­ness mod­els from CAPEX to OPEX, busi­nesses mov­ing more up­stream pro­vid­ing a use-and-pay ser­vices model. We should see sev­eral live ex­am­ples emerg­ing.

Au­to­mo­tive

Even though driver­less cars have cre­ated a lot of press lately, the main­stream would be Ap­ple and An­droid ecosys­tem in­te­grated cars. Most car com­pa­nies have been work­ing on CarPlay and An­droid Auto ecosys­tems only on the pre­mium seg­ment in 2015.

In 2016, even lower-end cars would have this de facto with an amal­ga­ma­tion of con­sumer life­style in home and in the car. There would be progress with Ve­hi­cle-to-Ve­hi­cle V2X net­works with Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion giv­ing a bet­ter di­rec­tion of the im­ple-

men­ta­tion time­line from a safety stand­point.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion In­dus­try

4G will go main­stream with much awaited roll­out of Re­liance Jio. Plug­ging holes in the net­work, mas­sive data us­age in hotspots will see the pro­lif­er­a­tion of small cells and Pic­o­cells to im­prove cov­er­age and band­width.

There is a lot of dis­cus­sion and talk about lever­ag­ing white spa­ces for un-li­censed band IoT. We should see some re­gion spe­cific reg­u­la­tions on it.

In the above used cases, max­i­mum trac­tion will be seen in the con­sumer seg­ment, which has been the ear­li­est adopters of tech­nol­ogy in the last decade and on the In­dus­trial do­main pri­mar­ily be­cause of the shift from CAPEX to OPEX with In­ter­net en­abled Things.

ESDM Sec­tor

2015 was a year with a lot of prom­ise and ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est for ‘Make in In­dia’ by sev­eral coun­tries and com­pa­nies around the world. Many com­pa­nies have re­sponded very pos­i­tively to Modi’s in­vi­ta­tion with many of the lo­cal and for­eign com­pa­nies fo­cus­ing their plans on man­u­fac­tur­ing mo­bile phones.

The govern­ment has re­ceived over one lakh crore worth of pro­pos­als for elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing un­der the mod­i­fied spe­cial in­cen­tive pack­age scheme (MSIPS).

In 2016, we ex­pect the ap­proved pro­pos­als to start break­ing ground of the fac­to­ries and hope­fully more pro­pos­als will come in and get ap­proved.

We be­lieve the Fab would take a slight back seat as the pull would be more to­wards ac­tual sys­tem OEMs and EMS ven­dors set­ting up which will even­tu­ally cre­ate pull to­wards semi­con­duc­tor fab as the con­sump­tion goes up.

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