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Market Trends: The IoT Effect on Microcontrollers

Published: 11 September 2014

ID: G00264646

Analyst(s): Adib Carl Ghubril

Summary

The promise of ubiquitous connectivity necessitates the quick deployment of simple, inexpensive low-power circuits capable of wireless communication. Microcontroller unit product managers must therefore provide easy-to-implement MCU solutions that meet specifications for ultra-low-power consumption.

Table Of Contents

Introduction

Market Trend

  • The IoT Segment Is Growing Almost Five Times Faster Than the Overall Embedded Processing Market
    • Embedded Processors Are Key Element in the IoT
  • Market Structure Trend
    • IoT Reinforces the Specialized MCU Market Segment
  • Technology Trend
    • IoT Spurs the Development of Two Ultra-Low-Power Design Techniques
    • Ease of Use Is the Actual Gating Factor in the Realization of the IoT

Contrarian View

  • IoT Has Little Effect on Microcontrollers

Vendors to Watch

  • Atmel
  • Freescale
  • Microchip Technology
  • Silicon Labs
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Renesas Electronics
  • Texas Instruments
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Communications Vendors

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