The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the increasing demand for energy-efficient solutions, regulatory requirements for reduced power consumption, and the growing focus on sustainability.  This has resulted in the growing importance of technologies such as advanced power management protocols, system-level power management software, and hardware-level power management features integrated into Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)  devices. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Technology Innovation: PCI power management. Buy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

300+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 2.5 million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, microphone beamforming, live betting games, and quantum dots are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Circuit design testing, smart contracts, and surround sound systems are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are vehicle platooning and peripheral component interconnect (PCI) power management, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the technology industry

PCI power management is a key innovation area in technology

PCI power management refers to a functionality present in specific computer hardware components, including network cards, sound cards, and hard drives, enabling them to operate with reduced power consumption during periods of inactivity. This feature serves to conserve energy, minimise heat generation, and prolong the lifespan of the device. By optimising power usage when not in use, PCI power management contributes to overall energy efficiency and improved sustainability.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of PCI power management.

Key players in PCI power management – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to PCI power management

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Intel 408 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 245 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 155 Unlock Company Profile
Microchip Technology 141 Unlock Company Profile
Micron Technology 91 Unlock Company Profile
Texas Instruments 58 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 53 Unlock Company Profile
China Pacific Insurance 50 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 48 Unlock Company Profile
Renesas Electronics 41 Unlock Company Profile
Infineon Technologies 35 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines (IBM) 34 Unlock Company Profile
HP 31 Unlock Company Profile
Western Digital 27 Unlock Company Profile
Broadcom 27 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced Micro Devices 26 Unlock Company Profile
Liqid 25 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 25 Unlock Company Profile
Cirrus Logic 24 Unlock Company Profile
STMicroelectronics 22 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 21 Unlock Company Profile
Legend 20 Unlock Company Profile
Realtek Semiconductor 20 Unlock Company Profile
Brydge Technologies 19 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 17 Unlock Company Profile
Dell Technologies 17 Unlock Company Profile
LG 17 Unlock Company Profile
THOMSON LICENSING 17 Unlock Company Profile
SK Square 15 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 14 Unlock Company Profile
Keyssa Systems 13 Unlock Company Profile
Marvell Technology 12 Unlock Company Profile
Murata Manufacturing 11 Unlock Company Profile 11 Unlock Company Profile
American Megatrends 10 Unlock Company Profile
Fungible 10 Unlock Company Profile
InterDigital 10 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 10 Unlock Company Profile
Inspur Electronic Information Industry 9 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 9 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 9 Unlock Company Profile
Synaptics 9 Unlock Company Profile
Quanta Computer 9 Unlock Company Profile
ZTE 9 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 9 Unlock Company Profile
Ricoh 8 Unlock Company Profile
NXP Semiconductors 8 Unlock Company Profile
Kyocera 8 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 8 Unlock Company Profile
Via Labs 7 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Intel is a leading patent filer in the PCI power management space. One of the company’s patents describes a method for power management in a processor by evaluating multiple ports of an electronic device, identifying inactive pins, disabling the squelch function, and controlling the power of the physical layer (PHY). This approach helps optimise power usage in the processor by selectively managing power based on the activity of the device's ports and pins.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Samsung and Qualcomm.

By geographic reach, Hewlett Packard Enterprise leads the pack, followed by Samsung and InterDigital. In terms of application diversity, Denso holds the top position, followed by Diodes and Brydge Technologies.

PCI power management helps to optimise power consumption and improve energy efficiency in devices and systems that utilise the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus. It involves managing the power states and behaviour of PCI devices to minimise power consumption during idle or low utilisation periods. By implementing power management strategies, such as device power gating, clock scaling, and dynamic voltage scaling, energy efficiency can be significantly improved.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Technology.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.