Component Management

MicroEJ breaks electronic dependencies to tackle chip shortage risks

26th April 2022
Paige West

MicroEJ is designed for low-cost and low-power chips used in IoT edge devices from small Cloud-connected sensors to smartwatches to smart appliances.

MicroEJ supports all the major chip providers, including STMicroelectronics, Renesas, NXP, Qualcomm, Sony, MediaTek, Sequans, Thales, and many more.

“There are now more than 100 billion electronic objects produced per year worldwide, or nearly ten devices per person and per year. To help with this IoT velocity, the big names in electronics manufacturers have chosen MicroEJ’s virtual technology for their everyday electronic objects, whether connected or not,” said Fred Rivard, the CEO of MicroEJ.

Two years after the start of the pandemic, manufacturers are still impacted by the chip shortage. The latest news from Ukraine does not improve this situation as the country is known to supply more than half of the world’s neon gas, vital for semiconductor production.

To enable global electronics manufacturers to mitigate the predicted worsening of this shortage, MICROEJ VEE’s virtual software containers allow them to use different processor models for the same product and thus spread their supply sources across different suppliers.

MicroEJ in-a-nutshell

MicroEJ is recognised by global electronics manufacturers for its solution that reduces the increasing complexity of software embedded in electronic systems. The solution facilitates the design of electronic products and reduces the costs of their development and production, thanks to the reuse of existing software regardless of the chosen processor.

  • Strengthen the processor supply chain: MICROEJ VEE enables manufacturers to maintain their market presence by diversifying their electronic component suppliers. The additional costs associated with managing multiple suppliers are more than offset by reduced risk exposure, predictable revenue streams, and productivity gains.
  • Implementing eco-design: Energy consumption is at the heart of MicroEJ’s technological innovation and enables manufacturers to change their way of thinking about the design of electronic products. MicroEJ contributes to this effort by enabling products to use less expensive electronics with lower power consumption. For example, it is possible to gain up to several weeks of additional battery life on a connected watch
  • React to changing trends: In the consumer electronics market, for example, the MICROEJ VEE application container enables products to be designed up to three times faster, accelerating the time-to-market significantly. MICROEJ VEE also simplifies dynamic upgrades of new features on products already deployed to meet new user needs.
  • Bringing together a large community of developers: MicroEJ supports several programming languages such as C, Java language, JavaScript, and soon Kotlin. This helps stimulate the contribution of more than 35 million computer scientists around the world with the most open and standard development environments on the market.

“MicroEJ’s virtualisation technology is a game-changer for the semiconductor industry as it totally abstracts the underlying hardware (processors, micro-controllers, memory, etc…) from the application layer. This decoupling of the hardware from the software significantly accelerates product development, which can now be done in parallel and almost entirely using a software simulator but also mitigate the impact of chip shortages by swapping chips that are out-of-stock with other ones from a different vendor,” explains Jeb Su, Principal Analyst at Atherton Research.

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