Microcontroller unit study: A Flashy Trend?

Even the microcontroller market is expanding the use of Flash memory according to a recent study of trends in the use of Flash semiconductor ICs.

06/13/2008


Phoenix, AZ — Even the microcontroller unit ( MCU ) market is expanding the use of Flash memory according to a study entitled MCU Memory : A Flashy Trend? by semiconductor marketing and consulting research company Semico . The ubiquitous MCU populates end-market products from automobiles to Smart Cards. The broad applications base and wide range of embedded memory and technology offerings contribute to its steady unit and revenue growth. Although there is severe pricing pressure on average selling prices, revenue grew 11% in 2007, and unit shipments increased by 19%.
IC Cards , multipurpose (industrial control and other), automotive and consumer applications accounted for 90% of the units and generated 87% of the revenue. Automotive was the revenue leader with 36% and 16% of the units. Clearly, IC cards are quite price sensitive as they accounted for 37% of the units and just 14% of the revenue.
The 16-bit and 32-bit+ MCU markets have grown large enough to become the driving force for total MCU growth. These are the key products in high-end consumer products, automotive and industrial control. Consequently, developments in these markets have a major impact on the MCU market.
This Semico study focuses on the memory technology trends and the memory density for MCUs. However, the demand from end-use markets does affect the long-term memory trends. More cost- sensitive applications use smaller amounts of memory, while applications with high-performance requirements implement more memory. The memories used for the main program in an MCU include: OTP (one-time programmable), Flash, MROM (mask ROM) and other (such as EPROM).
Flash MCUs account for 50% of 2007 sales and are forecast to increase in importance and size. This report addresses why the average amount of memory in each MCU category (4-bit to 32-bit) is increasing each year.
This study will help you understand the importance of applications impacted by each of the MCU families from 8-bit to 32-bit. Long life cycles influence the importance and direction of the MCU.
To purchase this study, or to receive a copy of the Table of Contents, including a list of tables and figures, please contact Susan Cadel and reference the ML101-08 or MCU Memory : A Flashy Trend?
– Edited by  C.G. Masi , senior editor
Control Engineering
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
Selecting the best controller from several viewpoints; System integrator advice for the IIoT; TSN and real-time Ethernet; Questions to ask when selecting a VFD; Action items for an aging PLC/DCS
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
click me