The ‘smart’ and ‘connected’ are the two key factors driving Microcontroller (MCU) market along with application buzz words such as IoT and wearable. Every application is becoming smart and better connected. Automotive and security/ID market is also pushing the growth.
In the second quarter and the third quarter of year 2014, lot of designs based on microcontrollers in the application area of IoT and wearable have moved from design stage to production phase. Now there are good number of new IoT and wearable products in the market for users to try. Much of the future of microcontroller market depends on users preference for IoT featured smart and connected devices, including mobile and wearable devices. As of now in early 2015, the momentum is good.
EMITT Solutions estimates a total worldwide revenue of around 19 Billion US$ generated by microcontrollers in 2014. Total MCU market estimated to be grew by 12% in 2014 as against EMITT’s earlier forecast of 14-15%. The fastest growing microcontroller vendor is NXP Semiconductors. This analysis also include security card MCUs. Security/ID market is growing faster than general MCU market.
Due to continued and expanded growth in IoT, wearable, connected home appliances in smart-home, solar power systems, smart energy systems, electric-vehicles, and personal health monitoring devices, EMITT Solutions forecasts a global microcontroller revenue growth of 12-15% in 2015. Late 2015 or in the year 2016, there are chances of MCU market undergoing some shakeup resulting a slight dip in revenue.
With the addition of ARM Cortex M7, the 32-bit Cortex-M series processor cores from ARM continue its stellar performance in MCU market. ARM Cortex M microcontroller chipmakers are driving the overall MCU market starting from simple low-end applications to high performance systems.
Emerging markets such as China and India continue to grow, but the highlight is significant increase in the growth of microcontroller usage in US market.
Technically speaking microcontrollers integrated with on chip RF interface is helping design engineers to save BOM cost as well as development cost and space on the printed circuit board. It can be a single chip or a single module integration of wireless into microcontroller is bigger trend in year 2014. If the microcontroller and RF transceiver integrated into a sensor, the whole thing is becoming a smart sensor with some artificial intelligence built inside. If you’re wondering whether to use 8-bit or 32-bit in those kind of applications, 32-bit is preferred due to low-cost availability from many ARM Cortex based microcontroller vendors. However 8-bit continue to improve, you can find very efficient 8-bit microcontroller IP cores in the market.
8-bit microcontrollers still remain active in emerging markets such as China and India and such regions. Microchip and Atmel continue to lead in the 8-bit microcontroller market.
FPGA integrated programmable SOC market creating a new market and taking away the share from general purpose MCU market.
Full content of Microcontroller Market Research and Technology Analysis Report -2015
2. Microcontroller Market trends
2.1. Total global market facts, figures and forecast
2.2. 8-bit MCU market
2.3. 16-bit MCU market
2.4. 32-bit MCU market
2.5. Microcontroller market by region
2.5.1. N. America
2.6. Market by application
2.6.2. Industrial (Including Smart Home)
2.6.3. Consumer and home appliances
2.6.5. Home appliances
2.6.6. Solar PV and Smart Grid
2.6.7. Security ID
2.7. Microcontroller processor IP market
2.8. Microcontroller vendor ranking
2.9. Vendor profiles
2.9.7. ST Microelectronics
2.9.8. Texas Instruments
2.9.11. Others (IXYS, Holtek, SHHIC, Nuvoton etc
2.10. Technology Trends
2.10.1. Internet of Things (IoT)
2.10.2. Wireless Interface
2.10.3. FPGA integrated SoC Trends
2.10.4. Processor power and Architecture
2.10.5. Application Specific MCU
2.10.6. Digital - Audio/Video Processing and DSP capabilities
2.10.7. Power Consumption
2.10.8. Motor Control and Digital Power Control
2.10.9. Sensor Interface (more on MEMS)
2.10.10. Energy Harvesting Support
2.10.11. On Chip Memory (RAM, FLASH)
2.10.12. Nonvolatile Memory (FRAM, MRAM)
2.10.14. DMA Controller
2.10.15. Analog to Digital Converter features
2.10.16. Timer and other timing related features
2.10.17. Data bus width (Number of bits)
2.10.18. Communication Interfaces
2.10.19. LCD Drivers
2.10.20. Embedded Computer on Modules
2.10.22. Standards and Safety Certification
2.10.25. Boards/Kits and Reference Designs
2.10.26. Virtual Prototypes
2.10.27. Drivers and other OS support
2.10.28. Other Technology Trends (Package, Operating Temp, etc..)
2.11. Selecting the right Microcontroller
2.11.1. Key factors in selecting Microcontroller
2.11.2. List of new Microcontroller with detailed specifications
2.11.3. Microcontrollers released in 2014
2.11.4. Microcontrollers released in 2013-2011
2.11.5. Microcontrollers released in 2010-2008
2.11.6. Microcontrollers released in 2007
2.11.7. Microcontrollers released in 2006
3. Kits and other development support material released by below vendors
3.1.3. ST Microelectronics
3.1.4. Texas instruments
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