All posts by Sven Blankenberg

Regional Application Manager. Driven by the unlimited goals we can achieve with modern technology and great engineering. My updates are inspired by trends, challenges and applications I identify in the semiconductor market together with our customers and suppliers.

In the first part of this blog (read here) we already figured out ways to optimize costs when switching from an FPGA to an ASIC-based design is an option. However, we also had to admit that there are still a large number of companies that will not hit a level of production volume that makes this decision easy. Now, we’ll introduce you to a game-changing Toshiba innovation that could make this decision a no-brainer! Simplify ASIC Development Starting Your Project With Innovative Technologies Due to the circumstance that transforming anRead More
Transforming an FPGA into an ASIC is associated with high development cost and time. In many cases the lower unit price of ASIC-based designs still does not justify the higher development efforts. Therefore, designing an application specific chip is usually only rewarding for high volume production. However, there are strategies to minimize the NRE (non-recurring expenses) for ASICs as well as innovative technologies like Toshiba’s FFSA™ that dramatically increase the benefits of ASICs even in low to medium volume production. ASIC Development Costs Can Be Influenced From Scratch Consider thisRead More
“Digital transformation” – wow, just the sound of these two words screams innovation, future and high-tech. As per definition the term describes the shift of business activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact across society. The influence of digital transformation on a vast variety of aspects of our (professional) lives and the high impact on the way we execute business is creating opportunities. However the trend is also raising concerns, especially one in particular that I want to assessRead More

Posted On October 10, 2016By Sven BlankenbergIn Business Intelligence, Technology

Industry 4.0 Without Cloud Computing

Worldwide economy is at the threshold to the fourth industrial revolution. Driven by the Internet, real and virtual world are merging to create the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics like Industry 4.0 are omnipresent when you talk to experts in that area. Focus of attention then are networking opportunities of sensors and actuators by means of field bus systems or the networking of machines via standard protocols. Cloud services almost appear to be taken for granted in this context for data exchange or storage. But is this the only wayRead More
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The IoT’s impact on the European industry was the topic in three earlier articles. In the first one we have discussed how new demands will alter economic structures. Based on that, we have taken a look at the Industry 4.0 in classic and new production models. Concluding we have tried to answer the question whether and, if so, how well European manufacturers are prepared for the future in terms of the IoT. This article however is meant to take a look at the current state of the digitisation, paying specialRead More
The introduction of solid-state lighting (SSL) to environmental lighting applications has been the most disruptive break-through within the lighting segment since the invention of the light bulb. LEDs enable intelligent and flexible illumination while being a lot more energy efficient than conventional light sources (learn more in the article “Artificial Light Can Do A “LoT” More Than You Might Know” here). Control & Powering Of LED Applications In order to access new possibilities like human centric or horticultural lighting intelligent control of the applications is required. Within the age ofRead More
As established in the first two blogs of this series (read part I here and part II here) the IoT will create a new business model in which consumers will demand highly individualised products. This will require a shift from producing high volumes at low prices to manufacturing individual goods as cost efficient as possible. Thus in the future Industry 4.0 strategies will need to help companies to optimise classic production, implement new flexible manufacturing models and tackle human resources and data security challenges. Industry 4.0 & Advanced Technologies –Read More
As established in the first part of this article the IoT will alter economic structures in a way that will require a completely new approach from manufacturers to the way they execute their business. At the same time industrial IoT technology in combination with robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence (AI) enable possible solutions to this challenge. In Europe and especially Germany the strategy which was developed in order to help companies to integrate new technologies and production processes is referred to as Industry 4.0. However there are similar programsRead More
Ever since the IoT topped Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies in 2014 we have discussed it from all angles and perspectives, envisioning wild numbers for revenues and connected devices and predicted incredible changes to our lives. At some point it seemed that we really believed that in less than two decades humans would morph into always-connected cyborgs. However the reality looks different. The IoT won’t change the desires of consumers but it will empower them to order what they want and how they want it. Therefore the impact onRead More
Undercover Hero
When Thomas Alva Edison invented the lightbulb in 1879 he probably couldn’t imagine how important his innovation was. Light is everywhere. It’s the invention that drove the fast adoption and extension of the power grid and made electricity available for nearly everyone.    For more than a century artificial light remained a pretty simple application which we got used to so much that we tend to forget it’s all around us – even in applications like remote controls in which infrared light is used for communication. Since the introduction ofRead More