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MCU market to hit $22.7B in 2009

Posted: 27 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontroller? MCU? Frost & Sullivan? industrial? automotive?

The global microcontroller (MCU) market reached $13.7 billion last year, and is expected to rise further to $22.7 billion in 2009 propelled by increasing demand from the industrial and automotive segments, according to market researcher Frost & Sullivan.

The automotive market is facing high levels of requirement for higher bit core MCUs, while industrial applications use 16bit architecture. It is likely that these demands will further increase the need of more higher bit MCUs to meet the performance requirements.

"Microcontrollers of all bit cores are used in vehicles," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager Deepa Doraiswamy. "The 8- and 16bit microcontrollers are used for low-end applications and lower cost vehicles, while the 32bit microcontrollers are used for high-end application and high end vehicles."

Currently, 30 to 40 MCUs are used in low-end vehicles and about 70 MCUs are used in high-end vehicles. "These requirements are continuously increasing and it is highly likely that the count of microcontrollers in vehicles will further increase in the future," added Doraiswamy.

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