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Electronica 2022
Sustainability to take centre stage at Munich expo

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Visitors will encounter smart energy everywhere at Electronica 2022, as electronics also has a key role to play in the energy transition Source: Messe München
In the four years since Electronica last took place in person, the industry (not to mention the world) has undergone some seismic changes. Boasting a wide and varied programme of supplementary conferences and forums, this year’s fair will highlight today’s most pressing topics: from electromobility through smart energy to power electronics and sensors.

Expectations are high for this year’s Electronica event. The last time the trade fair was held in real life, it attracted a record 80,000 visitors from over 80 countries. Skipping over the expo’s purely virtual outing at the height of the pandemic in November 2020 (which still managed to attract over 8200 participants), this year‘s edition looks set to be just as popular. “Exhibitors, top decision makers and thought leaders want to discuss innovations and trends in person again at last and they’re already looking ahead to the Fall with confidence,” said Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München. “For them, electronica is the world’s most important industry get-together and the only one this year that seamlessly covers the complete spectrum of electronics.”

Companies from over 40 countries, ranging from start-ups to global corporations, will come together across 13 halls to present products and solutions, and exchange ideas about the future of the industry.

“Driving sustainable progress”

The motto for this year’s event is cleverly worded. In addition to a strong emphasis on electronics as a driver of sustainable technologies, the development of sustainable automotive (or ‘driving’) technologies themselves will also be in focus. As well as electromobility, key topics at the expo will include smart energy, industrial electronics and sensors – many of which will be discussed in depth at the supplementary conferences and forums.

The issues and challenges in the field of microelectronics will be addressed separately at the co-located event Semicon Europa, recognized as one of the largest international trade fairs for semiconductor manufacturing in Europe.

Smart energy

Recent events mean that the question of how we attain energy sustainably is perhaps more pressing than ever before. The 2022 show will highlight the vital role of electronics technologies in the transformation of energy infrastructures.

Smart energy refers to intelligent technologies and solutions aimed at achieving efficient production, distribution, use and storing of energy, across the entire value chain. According to a study by the IMARC Group, the global market for smart energy is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.82 percent from USD 138.8 billion in 2021 to USD 247.8 billion by 2027. Analysts identified the growing demand for intelligent electricity grids—“smart grids”—as a main driver of this growth.

Power electronics are also of high importance when it comes to energy saving. According to a study by the European Center for Power Electronics (ECPE), more than a quarter of electrical energy could be saved through the use of modern power electronics.

Visitors will encounter smart energy everywhere at Electronica 2022. The Power Electronics and Embedded Systems Forums, which runs across 4 days (15–18 November) will cover the whole spectrum of power electronics. Exhibitors in the field of electricity supply, such as those providing transformers, electricity supplies, supply units and batteries, will be located in Hall A4.

Electromobility

Electronica 2022 will also shed light on the mega trends that are transforming the automotive industry, such as autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and digitalization.

Exhibitors in the field of car chips will include Bosch, Infineon, NXP, Renesas, Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. NXP will present its S32Z and S32E processors, an expansion of its S32 automotive platform for real-time processing of domain and zone controlling, security processing and vehicle electrification. And fair visitors will also have the chance to become acquainted with Infineon’s multi-core SoCs from its Tc4x family which covers a broad spectrum of automotive applications, from electric mobility, ADAS and connected cars to AI.

Industrial electronics

This year’s event will also highlight the role of industrial electronics as an enabler of digital transformation. The goal of Industry 4.0 is to digitalize and network production along the entire value chain using intelligent industrial electronics and the most up-to-date communication technologies.

Industrial semiconductors, IIoT sensors, smart sensors and digital twins are just some of the technologies that will be spotlighted by exhibitors this year.

The IIoT & Cyber Security Forum, held in Forum Hall B4 on November 16–17, will illustrate how industrial applications can be made even more intelligent thanks to concepts like Industrial IoT (IIoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G.

Sensors

As the leading data supplier, sensors produce the raw material used in digitalization systems throughout the entire value chain in virtually all industrial segments. They are indispensable components in every smartphone as well as devices like fitness trackers, drones, virtual-reality headsets, smartwatches and smart sensor nodes for the Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, no matter if you are talking about smart cities, smart energy, smart homes, smart health or smart factories, you will always find sensors hidden beneath the term ‘smart’.

Manufacturers of all kinds of sensors from the ubiquitous MEMS through sensors used specifically in automotive and medical technology, to industrial-grade sensors will attend Electronica 2022. Visitors will also be able to see how smart sensors can optimize their company value creation during the Embedded Platforms Conference on November 16, 2022, as well as at the IIoT & Cyber Security Forum. Hardware developers will not want to miss the Electrical Connectors & Measurement Technology Forum held in Hall 3 on 17 November, which will cover technological highlights and trends in sensors and measurement technology.

Supplementary event programme

Electronica is traditionally complemented by a comprehensive array of conferences, forums and special events. Organizers say this year’s supporting programme will focus on knowledge transfer and interpersonal exchanges with experts.

The Automotive Conference on 14 November will comprise around 18 presentations, and focus on the transformation of cars into intelligent IoT devices with electric drive systems.

On November 16, the Embedded Platforms Conference, which will also last one day, will concentrate on the challenges and solutions surrounding the embedded systems of the future. Across around 35 presentations on three parallel stages, experts will be addressing subjects ranging from power electronics and supply, across AI and sensors, through to communications and software.

Last of all to take place is the Wireless Congress 2022. Systems & Applications, organized by WEKA, will be the meeting point for the international wireless community from November 16 to 17. The event will concentrate on the latest developments and the practical application of wireless technology.

World Ethical Forum

New this year is the World Ethical Electronics Forum (WEEF) taking place on 15 November. This event will address questions including: what does ethical conduct mean for electronics companies? What guidelines, structures and concepts promote fair play in our industry?

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