Speeding innovation for industry
Digital systems and services account for around 4% of global energy consumption today—a figure that could rise to nearly 25% by 2030 if nothing is done. With everything from phones and cars to entire factories going digital, the number of connected devices and the associated data traffic are growing extremely rapidly. Which means higher energy consumption—much higher. In fact, the amount of energy used by digital systems and services will have to be reduced by a factor of 100 to 1,000 within the next decade to keep energy consumption under control.
This is a huge challenge that will require substantial technological breakthroughs—and hardware innovation is the only way through it. Significant advances will have to be made in embedded AI hardware, for example, an area where power consumption still has much room for improvement. AI is particularly power-hungry, especially during learning, which is currently mainly done in cloud computing configurations. Quantum computing is another area that will need attention if it is to deliver on its promise of high-performance computing at a reasonable cost.
CEA-Leti conducts research and development that addresses the major challenges facing society and, in particular, the digital and energy transitions, and is a major stakeholder in supporting innovation and value creation. This year's online edition of Leti Innovation Days will illustrate the many ways in which hardware is making a comeback with talks by industry experts:
Attendees will also have a chance to explore the virtual exposition area and discover around 30 demonstrations on topics like cybersecurity, low-power imagers, and increasingly sensitive detection of particles in the air.
Finally, technical talks on sensors, computing, and telecommunications will provide professionals working in the industry with an opportunity to catch up on the latest advances.
Register at https://www.leti-innovation-days.com/
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.