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Medical
3rd July 2020
The fastest growing sector of robotic surgery

IDTechEx reports that the robotic surgery market will reach over $12bn by 2030. Within this industry, catheter navigation is an emerging, but lesser-known application, that is rapidly gaining traction. IDTechEx's findings are detailed in the recently published report 'Innovations in Robotic Surgery 2020-2030: Technologies, Players & Markets'. 

Automotive
29th June 2020
Battery electric city buses: a $25bn market in 2030

The bus market is at a crossroads. The pressing need for cities around the world to improve air quality, alongside commitments by many governments to address climate change, are powering plans to deliver zero on-road emission battery electric city bus solutions. Over the next decade these efforts will see major cities increasingly refuse to purchase anything but zero-emission buses, as they deliver on promised zero-emission zones to protect the h...

5G
29th June 2020
Thermal management for 5G

The 5G market is expanding rapidly, with the first installations already being demonstrated. The increasing deployment of 5G will generate innovation and growth opportunities in thermal management. The shift to higher frequencies, and the accompanied higher signal loss, necessitates the densification of network installations, hence, utilising many more small-sized (pico or femto) stations. This acts to multiply the potential market for 5G infrast...

Robotics
23rd June 2020
AI-powered agricultural robots: a revolution in ultra-precision?

The developments in agricultural robots, machine vision, and AI will drive a deep and far-reaching transformation of the way farming is carried out. Yes, today the fleet sizes and the total area covered by new robots are still vanishingly small compared to the global agricultural industry. However, this should not lull the players into a false sense of security because the ground is slowly but surely shifting. Robotics and AI are enabling a revol...

Production
19th June 2020
Fuel cells and electrolysers 3D Printing

Fuel cells able to convert hydrogen into electricity are called to play an important role in the energy transition towards a future with zero-emissions. In reverse mode, electrolysis cells can convert water into hydrogen by using electricity. By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx

Automotive
16th June 2020
How is COVID-19 shaping the future mobility landscape?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the automotive industry has been hit hard by shutdowns of factories and sales around the world. The pandemic has slowed down global car sales and is shifting consumer behaviours in travel. Over the long term, COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on the mobility landscape.

Industrial
15th June 2020
Flexible circuit boards: enabling cheaper substrates

Picture a flexible circuit board (FPCB) and you will almost inevitably visualise a sheet of orange/brown plastic, probably with a few copper traces and maybe some soldered components on it. This plastic is PI (polyimide/Kapton), and its ubiquity is primarily due to its temperature resistance and general durability.

Webinars
10th June 2020
Autonomous driving: peak car to arrive as early as 2031?

In this webinar, Dr Na Jiao provides an overview of the autonomous car and robotaxi market. Dr Jiao is a technology analyst at IDTechEx focusing on autonomous mobility, electric vehicles and energy storage related areas.

Webinars
10th June 2020
Making waves: the rise of electric boats and ships

In the over one hundred electric vehicle sectors tracked by IDTechEx, the company predominantly foresees a transition partly or completely to a traction battery over the next two decades. 

Automotive
8th June 2020
Why are we still talking about hydrogen economy and fuel cells?

Once every ten years the promising future of a hydrogen economy and fuel cells is announced. Hydrogen over the years has had several periods of hypes, which always blow off as nothing concrete, but why are we still talking about it? And why is there still the belief of a hydrogen economy, when Li-ion batteries are dominating the market? Daniele Gatti, IDTechEx Technology Analyst explores.

Webinars
4th June 2020
Opportunities for printed and flexible electronics

New free-to-attend online conference from IDTechEx, hosts of the world's largest event series on printed and flexible electronics.

Webinars
28th May 2020
New materials make supercapacitors better than batteries

There is a huge amount of new research on supercapacitors and their variants and particularly on their materials, because these control their performance and cost more than anything.

Webinars
28th May 2020
The landscape for EV charging

Global plug-in electric vehicle (EV) population reached 7.5 million units (including light commercial vehicles) by the end of 2019. Although plug-in EV is only around two percent of global sales today, they are positioned to take the lead of road transportation in the coming decade. 

Production
22nd May 2020
Electronics to become user-dedicated smart material

An important new trend is buying electrics and electronics you customise to function not just shape. See the new IDTechEx report, 'Complete Electronics as Smart Material, User-Customised 2020-2040'. Builders, textile manufacturers, those doing home improvement and others are starting to buy electrically-smart materials direct from materials companies, bypassing the electronics industry.

VR/AR
22nd May 2020
Mixed reality in a time of COVID-19

Recently the versatility of mixed reality and augmented reality products has come to the forefront of the news, with an Imperial led project at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Doctors have been wearing the Microsoft Hololens headsets whilst working on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, to aid them in their care for their patients.

Webinars
21st May 2020
Self-powered electronics: the race is on

This webinar shares some of the research for the new IDTechEx report, 'Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices 2020-2040'. It comes at just the right time. The world's first self-powered smart watches have just arrived. They are not full-function but we are getting there. That billion a year harvester potential will be followed by similar numbers of Internet of Things nodes. Learn other big prizes making several of the world's largest companies ...

Webinars
19th May 2020
Li-ion batteries: where is the technology going?

This webinar, presented by IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Alex Holland, will provide an introduction to the key technological developments occurring within the Li-ion market, focussing on the anode and cathode.

Automotive
18th May 2020
China to enforce electric vehicle safety by 2021

Thermal runaway in electric vehicles (EVs) is a major concern for potential consumers, manufacturers and regulators, as thermal runaway of lithium ion batteries is the main cause of fires in EVs. Several high-profile vehicle fires, stationary energy storage fires in South Korea and bus fires in China have made headlines in recent years, as a result, China plans to enforce electric vehicle safety by 2021.

Medical
15th May 2020
What can self-charging medical devices do for us?

Expect more self-charging medical devices that power themselves, many even managing with no battery. The IDTechEx report, 'Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices 2020-2040' covers this and more. The primary toolkit has five ways of taking ambient energy to make electricity.

Automotive
14th May 2020
The key for Electric Vehicle take-off

Global plug-in Electric Vehicle (EV) population reached 7.5 million units (including light commercial vehicles) by the end of 2019. Although plug-in EV is only around 2% of global sales today, they are positioned to take the lead of road transportation in the coming decade, as governments around the world announces bans on ICEs along with the mature of EV technologies and market.

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