New Materials/Devices that Revolutionize the Existing Paradigm
Discovery of numerous novel materials and creation of devices based on these materials have been revolutionizing the existing social paradigm and opening up a new era. For example, various innovative materials required for production of semiconductor devices and the performance enhancement of a variety of integrated circuits which consist of these materials have been driving the development of ICT. Now, this technological domain is becoming far more expected to lead the growth of society and economy than before. So far, we took a method to firstly analyze the test data of material structures, characteristics, etc. then, infer the mechanism how a new functionality appears based on the correlation of the said data, and finally, implement its theoretical model. This approach has been greatly contributed to the advancements in material search and a lot of new materials and functions were discovered. However, now, we cannot but admit that we are almost reaching the limits of this heuristic search method executed manually.
Therefore, Fujitsu Labs is engaging in the research on Materials Informatics (MI), which is a new method for material development utilizing Big Data and the data processing/analysis functions of advanced ICT, for creating new materials and devices. Here, we take a new approach to create a database of development data of a huge number of materials and devices accumulated by Fujitsu for a long time, and to use AI and HPC for its analysis. And, we are trying to create innovative materials/devices and to shorten their development period, in order to achieve, for example, the performance enhancement of a compound semiconductor device HEMT. We are also making an effort to digitalize this know-how for promoting utilization of the open data that stores the professional insights around the world, facilitating co-creation with customers, and opening the way for development of materials and devices in various industries ranging from "food, clothing and housing" to space development. Through these initiatives, we are aiming to develop groundbreaking technologies that will meet the demands of the future world and to deploy these technologies to the society as soon as possible through co-creation, for realizing convenient, safe and secure society, and solving global environmental problems.