Microcontroller Units (MCUs): Embedded Processing Technologies
|発行||VDC Research Group, Inc.||商品コード||248835|
|出版日||ページ情報||英文 51 Pages, 30 Exhibits
|マイクロコントローラーユニット（MCU）：組み込みプロセッシング技術 Microcontroller Units (MCUs): Embedded Processing Technologies|
|出版日: 2012年05月30日||ページ情報: 英文 51 Pages, 30 Exhibits||
While traditionally microcontrollers were very general, they are now becoming increasingly specialized. Vendors have developed particular tiers of MCUs from high performance categories that incorporate DSP features to the low footprint ultra-low-power class. As the hardware has become more standardized (especially around the ARM architecture), the software and tools are
An emerging trend in the space is towards power efficient systems. This requires development of different power modes at the microcontroller level, but also better power management from the overall system level as well. For smart metering systems, a crucial consideration is the type of battery used.
The trend towards 32-bit is unmistakable. While once limited to the domain of high performance applications, the price points of 32-bit MCUs are now competitive with their 8-bit counterparts. In fact, in 2010 there were more 32-bit MCUs sold than 8-bit MCUs. Hence, 32-bit will increasingly displace 8-bit architectures from the MCU market.
As the MCU market continues to evolve, the issue of multicore is now beginning to play into this space. Multicore is a powerful step for enabling safety certifications and balancing the needs of communication and control.
Demand Suivey respondents report more future projects around green technologies
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In the face of environmental catastrophes such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster, green technologies have never been more relevant. The general public has become more educated about the downsides of certain energy sources: smog, nuclear contamination risks, and other pollutants. As the web survey results from the next slide show, more engineers' efforts are being shifted to working on green technologies projects.
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Also, due to the recession in 2009, saving money has become more of a priority for the average consumer. As green technologies offer the opportunity to cut spending on electricity and gas, these technologies offer tantalizing cost benefits to the customer.
There is also an impending shortage of energy. The energy infrastructure cannot maintain pace with the current rate of consumption. In order to reduce the burden on the existing infrastructure, it is critical for devices to consume less energy. As a result, we believe that it will become increasingly important for MCU vendors to develop and market technologies aimed at addressing green technology solutions.
Currently, MCU respondents who work in the energy field are still working on traditional projects such as transformer technology.
However, for their next project, MCU respondents from the energy vertical market indicated more priority on energy control/monitoring and power conversion/inverter, rectifier projects. Because these technologies are more essential to the development of the smart grid, this is indicative of the shift towards green technology projects.
The microcontroller market is expanding into new areas
The total global embedded microcontroller market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 8.5% over the forecast period.
VDC expects that 2012 will start on relatively modest growth, but begin to accelerate in the second half of the year.
The market growth is driven by the proliferation of embedded devices and an expanding range of vertical markets that are addressed by microcontrollers. New areas of development are capacitive touch sensing, lighting, building automation, and smart metering among others.
One particularly large market opportunity is the area of motor control. With billions of electric motors around the world, there is a vast potential for improving the intelligence of these motors through MCUs.
This market forecast assumes relatively stable market conditions. As was seen in 2011, an environmental crisis such as the Japan earthquake can have drastic effects on the MCU market. Because such environmental catastrophes cannot be predicted with current technology, VDC does not attempt to factor them into a forecast. However, companies with manufacturing centers in earthquake zones are clearly ata greaterrisk.
Chris Rommel - Vice President.
Chris is responsible for syndicated research and consulting engagements focused on embedded software, hardware, and development solutions. He has worked with wide variety of clients supporting a range of projects including competitive analyses, strategic marketing initiative support, ecosystem development strategies, and vertical market opportunity assessments.
David Laing - Senior Analyst/Program Manager.
David has joined VDC's Embedded Hardware Practice after serving for the last two years as a Senior Analyst / Program Manager in the firm's Industrial Automation and Controls research practice. David is now responsible for supporting VDC's market research and custom consulting initiatives relative to emerging global opportunities, regional growth strategies, and market intelligence for embedded hardware, systems components, technologies, services, and related applications across multiple vertical markets. Prior to joining VDC Research, David accumulated over 30 years of Semiconductor industry experience working at Teradyne Inc. and its worldwide customers.
J. Eric Gulliksen - Senior Analyst.
Eric has been a lead analyst in VDC's Embedded Hardware practice for ten years. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in industry for over thirty years, half in the Engineering field and half in Sales and Marketing. He has held Vice-Presidencies and had P&L responsibilities on both sides. Eric has international experience in twenty-three countries, and has been awarded seventeen US Patents.
Jonathan Hasting - Analyst.
Prior to joining VDC, Jonathan worked several years in aerospace, including an engineer position at General Electric Aviation. During that time, he developed knowledge in stress analysis, aerospace design, Six Sigma, and project management. Jonathan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in Providence, RI.