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alex_m1
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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
alex_m1   5/1/2013 12:05:35 AM
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@robotics developer: There is potential for valueble(profitable) innovations in a few areas: Low power wireless connectivity, Large memory sizes, Analog integration, extreme low power and energy harvesting. And some of this areas have high barriers to entry, meaning less competition. And generally the market is growing. So maybe the focus on microcontrollers will be a bit different, but i still see money flowing.

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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
alex_m1   5/1/2013 12:05:13 AM
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@robotics developer: There is potential for valueble(profitable) innovations in a few areas: Low power wireless connectivity, Large memory sizes, Analog integration, extreme low power and energy harvesting. And some of this areas have high barriers to entry, meaning less competition. And generally the market is growing. So maybe the focus on microcontrollers will be a bit different, but i still see money flowing.

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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
BobMc   4/30/2013 10:03:29 PM
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With 32 bit MCU prices diving to the 50cent range they are finding many new markets. This doesn't leave a lot of room for 8 or 16bit parts to compete on price. I think there will be repercussions in the long run as margins continue to get squeezed by the compitition that this commiditization brings.

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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
chanj0   4/30/2013 5:14:06 PM
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The growth of 32 bits MCU is primarily driven by tablet, smartphone; or, generally speaking, smart device. The cost sensitive products such as predometer will likely continue using 4/8 bits MCU and some other may shift to 16 bits MCU. Is there any product requiring "bit upgrading" from 16 bits to 32 bits? In which market?

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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
Robotics Developer   4/30/2013 2:12:34 PM
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I for one welcome the increased volume and lowering of unit costs! I think that as MCU design opportunities continue to expand there will be better solutions using more powerful (and yet cheaper) MCUs. This is a great trend for the designers and system users. I do wonder about the long term profitability factor for the manufacturers, will this help or hurt the industry given the investment needed to bring a MCU to the market? It starts to remind me of the DRAM market as it became a commodity there were repercussions that were felt as the industry matured. Will this happen to the MCU world or is the MCU a "special" breed? Thoughts...?

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