Over the next 2 years, new game-changing photonics technologies are unlocking business opportunities in the life sciences, agriculture, telecommunications, computing, photovoltaics, and automotive sectors. Through the ability to make technologies faster, smaller, smarter, and more energy-efficient, photonics are unlocking these opportunities through large transformational drivers such as mobility (e.g. LiDAR, digital mirror devices, and intelligence forward lighting), biometrics (e.g. textile illumination, palm vein and 3D facial recognition), connectivity (e.g. megastructure smart lighting, VR/MR/AR, gesture recognition), health & well-being (e.g. near-infrared spectroscopy, health-centric wearables, and urban farming systems).
Innovative data storage systems that are non-volatile,ultrafast, energy-efficient, and cost-effective will be crucial in addressingthe anticipated global demand for digital data, that is forecast to approach 175 trillion gigabytes by 2025. Key demand drivers include cloud computing, bigdata analytics, smart manufacturing, IoT sensing platforms, 5G, mobility, andtelemedicine. From big data centres to personal data storage solutions,short-term innovation opportunities provided by HAMR (heat-assisted magneticrecording), MAMR (microwave-assisted magnetic recording) and 3D NAND willdouble the areal density of data storage in 1-2 years. These technologies willalso improve other key indicators of the performance of data storage systems.