MCUs: Ultra-Low-Power is the Contest

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Growth in the MCU market is driven by the proliferation of embedded devices and an expanding range of vertical markets that are addressed by microcontrollers. New areas of development include capacitive touch sensing, lighting, building automation and smart metering, among others. The once general MCU no longer has the sophistication to address the requirements of the technology that is now coming to market. To meet this new need, a new tier of MCU has come to market that is defined as ultra-low-power.

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    1. 1. Embedded Hardware & Systems Practice Webcast MCUs: Ultra-Low-Power is the Contest May 2012 By: Jonathan Hastings – Analyst With: Chris Rommel – Vice President © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systemsvdcresearch.com
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    6. 6. Today’s Speaker Jonathan Hastings 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. He has completed additional coursework in economics, biology and legal studies. Jonathan previously worked at VDC in the Industrial Automation practice conducting studies on surge protection and chart recorder technologies.For complimentary insights and marketing data: http://blog.vdcresearch.com/embedded_hw/ © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systems vdcresearch.com
    7. 7. Today’s Agenda MCU Market Sizing Trends in Bit Count Go-To Market Channels Green Technology MCU Vendors © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systemsvdcresearch.com vdcresearch.com
    8. 8. MCU Market SizingThe MCU market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 8.5% from 2011-2016 MCU Total Global Market Revenue MCUs are becoming more specialized (US Dollars in Millions) The MCU market has a number of growing application segments Low power devices are creating new opportunities for MCUs 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systems vdcresearch.com
    9. 9. Trends in Bit CountThe 32-bit market has surpassed the 8-bit market Bit Count in Embedded MCUs, 2011 The 32-bit market is expanding into the low (Percentage of total dollar volume shipments) power tier 0.3% 32-bit is now competitive with 8-bit products 37.2% 34.8% 27.7% 4-Bit 8-Bit 16-Bit 32-Bit © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systems vdcresearch.com
    10. 10. Go-To Market ChannelsDistributors and OEMs are the primary Go-To Market distribution channels MCU Distribution Channels, 2011 MCU vendors are increasingly reliant on (Percentage of total dollar shipments) distributors 45.1% However, direct relationships provide a number Distributors of advantages 44.5% Regional channel trends exist Direct to OEMs 4.3% ECMs/ODMs 2.7%Direct to System Integrators 2.2% VARs 0.7% End-Users 0.7% Merchant Embedded Board/System Vendors 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systems vdcresearch.com
    11. 11. Green TechnologyReported shift towards green technology projects Embedded MCU Respondents Reporting Governments are focusing more attention on Working on Green Energy Projects green technologies (Percentage of total responses) Large opportunities exist due to legacy infrastructure Regional variation exists due to a lack of standardization 25%Green/renewable energy power conversion (biomass, solar, wind, etc.) 20% 0% 10%20%30% 2013 2012 © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systems vdcresearch.com
    12. 12. MCU VendorsDiverse vendors address the MCU market MCU Supplier Used by Renesas continues to lead the MCU market Respondent’s Company (Percentage of total responses) Texas Instruments is expanding its MCU portfolio into ultra-low-power and safety device 27% classes Texas Instruments Freescale strives for ultra-low-power 26% Renesas leadership 19% Freescale Atmel innovates in touch screen technology 18% Analog Devices 17% Tools and software provide differentiation Atmel 16% Toshiba 16% Microchip 15%ST Microelectronics 12% Infineon 11% Cypress 9% NXP 4% Other 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systems vdcresearch.com
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    15. 15. Thank You for Attending this VDC WebcastFor more information please contact: info@vdcresearch.com | 508.653.9000 x112 Chris Rommel – Vice President Eric Gulliksen – Senior Analyst David Laing – Senior Analyst Jonathan Hastings – AnalystFor complimentary insights and marketing data: http://blog.vdcresearch.com/embedded_hw/ © 2012 VDC Research Webcast Embedded Hardware & Systems vdcresearch.com

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