|The Portable & Wireless Product Emulator Group (PEG) chapter discusses the key factors that have enabled portable and wireless devices to continue to be a strong volume driver of overall electronics manufacturing. Critical drivers that are significant contributors to this sector’s success include cost and form factor size (in particular, “thinness”); feature sets such as communications, cameras and interoperability between various devices; and user experience. These are driven by integrated hardware and software co-design. The chapter considers a variety of key products and services offered in the portable and wireless space and how these products demand innovations in advanced packaging and design. For example, even though the market segment is mature, the content and functionality of the premium-tier smartphones are increasing exponentially with the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the mobile space.
The transition from 4G LTE to 5G mmWave based communications protocols introduces unique challenges which are addressed in this roadmap cycle. These challenges are expected to drive disruptive changes in packaging, testing strategies and integration trends in smartphone chipsets. The impact on co-design and tool needs, as well as shifts in the supply chain structure, are also discussed.