According to TrendForce’s latest report “Trends and Challenges in Development of AI Applications as Seen from AI Generated Content (AIGC)”, this new wave of interest is expected to bring benefits to the participants across the supply chain for GPUs and AI chips. These participants include NVIDIA, TSMC, Unimicron, AIChip, etc.
According to TrendForce research, companies are moving actively on energy conservation and carbon reduction. In the short term, the introduction of automation as an intelligent foundation will attract increasing attention from the industry and emerging market demands such as remote operations, virtual reality, and simulation operations will become more practical in the medium term. This stage of development is expected to solve the dilemma posed by the slow progress of Industry 4.0, accelerate the development of related technologies, and drive the global smart manufacturing market to reach US$620 billion by 2026.
Exponential demand growth for remote and unmanned terminals in smart home, logistics, manufacturing and other end-user applications has driven iterative updates in Wi-Fi technology. Among the current generations of technologies, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) is mainstream while Wi-Fi 6 and 6E (802.11ax) are at promotional stages, according to TrendForce’s investigations. In order to meet the connection requirements of industry concepts such as the Metaverse, many major manufacturers have trained their focus on the faster and more stable next generation 802.11be Wi-Fi standard amendment, commonly known as Wi-Fi 7. Considering technical characteristics, maturity, and product certification status, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E are expected to surpass Wi-Fi 5 to become mainstream technology in 2022, with global market share expected to reach 58%.
In light of the metaverse’s ability to satisfy the demands of WFH, virtual reality, and simulations, the smart manufacturing industry will also likely capitalize on the rise of the metaverse and undergo an accelerated growth of related technologies, according to TrendForce’s latest investigations. Global smart manufacturing revenue is expected to increase at a 15.35% CAGR across the 2021-2025 period and surpass US$540 billion in 2025. This growth can primarily be attributed to several factors. First, industrial applications take place in closed environments, and companies that utilize such applications have generally made good progress in terms of digital transformation. Furthermore, by utilizing simulation technologies, companies are able to significantly cut down on their labor costs, project time, and wasted resources. Simulation technologies, if developed as an industry 4.0 application, also serve as the backbone of CPS (cyber-physical systems). TrendForce therefore expects the smart manufacturing industry to be perfectly positioned with innate advantages and motivations as one of the main enablers of the metaverse.
The global smart manufacturing market is expected to welcome a golden period of growth across five years, starting with an annual revenue of US305 billion in 2021 and surpassing US450 billion in annual revenue in 2025 at a 10.5% CAGR, according to TrendForce’s latest investigations. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including the accelerating digital transformation efforts from enterprises, the increased demand from industrial automation and WFH applications, and the emergence of 5G, advanced AI technologies, and other value-added services.
Integrating smart manufacturing remains the key to enterprise survival in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to TrendForce’s latest investigations. In addition to furthering the technical development of AR, teleoperation, and computer vision, smart manufacturing brings about other palpable benefits such as reducing human labor, and thus facilitating social distancing, through the adoption of unmanned transport machines, such as AGV (automated guided vehicles) and AMR (autonomous mobile robots). The global smart manufacturing market is expected to reach total revenue of US$400 Billion in 2024, with a 10.1% CAGR during the 2020-2024 period, as advancements in remote and contactless technologies contribute to the bulk of this growth.