As our global development continues to evolve, it is more and more clear each day that humans rely on technology and will continue to do so in order to solve global problems like sustainable farming practices, delivering best-in-class healthcare to developing countries and creating safer communications. Microelectronics are the fundamental piece that will allow us to achieve these objectives, and Canada is in an excellent position to support and grow this foundational hardware.

Canada must take a strategic approach to developing these technologies, in an effort to become a global leader in innovation. Through new technologies we can reduce our national reliance on natural resources and position our talent and our entrepreneurs as international leaders and champions of innovation.

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Let’s take a close look at what it means to develop technologies and an infrastructure that can solve global issues. These innovations have the capacity to go global, to change the way we help each other, and each of them is based on the fundamental use of microelectronics.

1. Microelectronics in Healthcare

Within the vast healthcare innovation industry in the Southern Ontario Tech Cluster, there are companies developing products that help unsighted children learn to read, that prevent the spread of HIV in developing countries and that make it possible to meet with a healthcare provider online for virtual rehabilitation. Within these technologies are the microelectronics that power the devices and the software required to deliver better healthcare globally, just like Intel’s video below.

2. Microelectronics for Safer Roads

GM recently announced its plans to create a centre for research and development in to autonomous vehicles in Markham. As companies develop the brains (read: microchips) behind the artificial intelligence, we will start to see a surge of autonomous vehicles on the road with a predicted market share 0f 60% by 2030. Waymo (a.k.a. The Google Self-Driving Car) has built its technology using sensors that can see various obstacles on the road. Autonomous vehicles will also have the capacity to reduce traffic congestion, meaning fewer accidents overall.

microelectronics power the brains behind autonomous vehicles
Photo: Nvidia
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3. Microelectronics in Communications

This is a no-brainer. We use our smart phones every single day, and the rapid rise in efficient product development using sustainable methods is enabling populations around the globe to interact with and take part in global conversations. More and more people are becoming educated and the rise in social innovations is empowered by these tools. Communication devices have become instrumental in public crises, allowing families to find each other faster after disaster hits. But the very foundation on which our devices are built, is in fact, microelectronics.

smart phones rely on microelectronics to communicate globally, integrate with operating systems and apps. this infograhpic shows the importance of microelectronic chips used to get a user from hardware to software to global connectivity. this is an element of the york region gta southern ontario tech supercluster initiative.

What are some other global challenges we can develop in Canada to help solve global issues? Tell us in the comments below!