MWC 2018

The “Secret” Technology Behind iPhone X: “This Can Save Lives”

Get ready to have your mind blown! Frankly, after you read this, there’s no going back. iPhone X has a secret technology that can save human lives… a tech, in fact, that can be traced to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 and many other smartphones. Abul Nuruzzaman, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Invensas (part of Xperi), talked to us about it at Mobile World Congress since he’s one of the men who made it reality #mwc18

Nowadays, Apple and Samsung are almost opposites – in the mind of consumers, at least. That said, they’re both mobile devices that are getting smarter day by day, taking more tasks and responsibilities, while being “trained” to understand what they see. Machine learning demands a lot out of their processors and the batteries, forcing manufacturers to come up with technologies that maintain performance and efficiency while lowering power consumption.

Not a lot of them succeed, but those who do… will bring together even the most unlikely of rivals. Like Invensas, part of Xperi, did with their leading semiconductor technology.

This company found a way to enable powerful, direct connections between electronic parts without taking up more space. Abul Nuruzzaman compared it with a skyscraper versus lots of individual houses. In a skyscraper, more living spaces are build in, stacked, on the same surface.

They’re doing the same: “We stack – we put one chip on top of another, on top of another. That way we minimize the space but how do we make it thin, not too tall? […] We have innovative technologies called DBI and ZiBond which can miniaturize these electronic semiconductor devices”, the VP revealed in our talk.

It sounds simple, right? We thought that, too. In a nutshell, the DBI is made of “more interconnect channels placed in a smaller area so you can lower the frequency and still increase the performance.” That enables very thin devices, which is one of the reasons why Nuruzzaman calls it “the technology of the future”.

The faster we can read data, the more lives we can save

The other, even more important, reason is that, by being implemented in smart cars, it can save lives. “[Let’s say] you are driving a car; if it sees someone, it will take action and hit the breaks. If [those] cameras [that detect] take too much time processing that data, it’s going to be too late.” In traffic, if you’re one millisecond too late… lives can be lost.

That fast communication is crucial when handling vast amounts of data. That is why DBI is such a well-kept secret by tech titans and that is exactly why we knew it needed to be addressed here.

It’s been a while since we got so excited about a technology, especially one that can’t be seen on the shelves. Maybe it was the idea that we’re using it day in, day out without knowing about it. Or that it will save lives, one day; bottom line is we listened and took a mental picture of the future. Watch the whole video above and do the same! 

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