Future of computing – the new commercial horizon

by Dr Heidi Pinkney, Dr Aidong Xu, Bryan Donoghue, Sara Llena, Jez Stark and George Liatis | May 15, 2023

Computing has changed the story of all of our lives, but humanity is poised to begin a new chapter. The commercial implications of the coming changes in computing technology are vast – and now is the time to engage with the possibilities and opportunities.

In this comprehensive CC Innovation Briefing, our multidisciplinary team unpacks the new computing technologies, evaluates potential use cases and throws light on the new commercial horizon. We discuss the problems of current computing technology, and look ahead to novel silicon architectures as well as quantum, biological, photonic and neuromorphic computing.

The paper focuses on three take aways:

  • Novel computing technologies will ultimately make the seemingly impossible possible – achieving step changes in performance, cost and power consumption along the way
  • Future technologies will serve specific applications and classical computing will not be replaced. Instead, a hybrid future will emerge, blending novel silicon architectures and neuromorphic, photonic, biological and quantum computing
  • If you identify the capabilities that match your business goals, you’ll be able to unlock huge value by exploiting the new technology’s benefits for your organisation – in terms of both their technical performance and business value

Silicon is being stretched to its limits. Many computational problems remain intractable. And the sustainability imperative is changing everything. The future of computing is near – you can start to get to grips with it by downloading our report.

Expert authors

Associate Director, Technology Strategy, Applied Science and Consulting | View profile

Heidi helps clients across industry and government make informed strategic decisions grounded in both market and technology understanding, with a particular focus on horizon scanning, artificial intelligence, semiconductors and quantum technologies.

Head of Semiconductor Capability | View profile

Aidong holds over 30 years’ experience across diverse industries, including with some of the leading semiconductor companies.

Associate Director and Hardware Department Leader | View profile

Bryan holds over 30 years’ experience in the development of electronics, FPGAs, and ASICs and has 15 patents in telecommunications and processor architecture.

Technology Strategy Consultant | View profile

Sara joined CC in 2022 as a Technology Strategy Consultant after completing her masters.

Senior Vice President, Client | View profile

Jez is a member of the Wireless and Digital Services leadership team with global responsibility for market sectors, client partnerships, commercial strategy, and development.

Senior Technology Strategy Analyst | View profile

George conducts research and provides advisory services on emerging technologies to help clients understand the trends impacting their business to inform investment decisions and business strategy.

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