Rainer Minixhofer - AMS AG
Rainer Minixhofer received his M.S. degree in technical physics from the University of Technology Graz, Austria, in 1995 and his PhD degree in microelectronics from the University of Technology Vienna, Austria in 2006. Currently, he is Senior Director Technology at ams AG responsible for corporate process technologies, device and IP development, electrical test and software. His scientific interests are 3-dimensional process & device simulation, specialized system-on-chip sensor solutions and photonics. His management interests are project management, leadership and innovation strategies.
Sensing is life: The survival of the fittest in high end sensing
Sensors are a source of a constant stream of data about our environment, our habits and even our health. Together with the digitalization revolution, new challenges in the way this data is processed, stored and reported to the user are surfacing. An overview on the sensor solutions in vertical markets like wearables, smart home, medical electronics, industrial automation, connected cars and smart cities is given. The overall structure of the value chain splitting into integration services, software applications and infrastructure, connectivity and hardware will also be described. The current sensor architectures in terms of key system blocks like sensor, actuator, energy management, memory, processing and wireless connectivity is reviewed. Finally an extrapolation to future solutions and their system block architecture is given, leading to an overview on how theses systems will evolve in the next few years. New sensor functions and their application are identified and the key aspect of combination of multiple sensor raw data processing and combination is reviewed.