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Robotics Developer
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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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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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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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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
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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FP_Soft   5/1/2013 7:18:06 PM
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The data and the article do not align: 16-bit ASP has declined from .71 in 2011 to a projected .53 in 2013. This is in contrast to 8-bit ASP of .65 and 32-bit ASP of 1.53 in 2013. At 41% of the forecasted unit volume, this is driving the ASP erosion.

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ErrantOne   5/3/2013 6:41:46 AM
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As devices get smaller it is sometimes more about electric power rather than number of bits. A few microamps saved here and there is important. If i can get 32bits and the power use of 8bits, then I'm interested. As it is, MCUs spend alot of time sleeping, depending on application. Tell me how 32bit MCU sleep state saves me more power......

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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
RichQ   5/8/2013 11:32:12 PM
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ErrantOne, the 32-bit sleep state may not save you power, but you may save power by the 32-bit MCU needing to be awake for less time (ie, use fewer clock cycles) than an 8-bit in order to accomplish the task. With less on-time the average power goes down, even if the operating power of the 32-bit device is greater than the 8-bit.

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Gurvinder Singh   9/10/2013 11:02:25 AM
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hello sir , I want to know about the  names of the latest microcontrollers in the market and their features also ......

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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
przem   5/4/2013 12:20:48 PM
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FWIW numbers below. Looks like all prices drop but 32bit show normal price curve (volume up/price down) while 4/8/16 show just market deterioration (flat volume, accelerating price drop). sales(M$) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 4/8bit 4141 5545 4647 4368 4412 16bit 3020 3841 4648 4276 4190 32bit 3956 5780 6422 6524 6916 shipment(M) 4/8bit 4768 6913 5911 6343 6744 16bit 3982 5298 6528 7227 7870 32bit 1131 1818 2451 3700 4457 ASP 4/8bit 0.87 0.80 0.79 0.69 0.65 16bit 0.76 0.72 0.71 0.59 0.53 32bit 3.50 3.18 2.62 1.76 1.55

Jayna Sheats
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Jayna Sheats   5/16/2013 3:22:21 AM
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can you tell us the source of these numbers? Thanks!

Jayna Sheats
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re: MCU market turns to 32-bits and ARM
Jayna Sheats   5/16/2013 3:45:03 AM
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Never mind I didn't see at first that this was the same as above... sorry

resistion
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resistion   5/4/2013 11:56:09 PM
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Wonder if 4-bit and 64-bit could coexist. http://www.embeddedinsights.com/channels/2010/11/24/are-you-or-would-you-consider-using-a-4-bit-microcontroller/

collin0
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collin0   5/5/2013 8:03:53 AM
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4-bit microcontroller, I never use it. Which field it can be used? in children's toy? Now, more and more project start to use 32-bit MCU, because the embedded linux operating sysyem need to port on it. The performance of 4/8/16 is not enough to support.

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Tomc34   5/14/2013 3:32:33 PM
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32-bit MCU's are starting to be used everywhere as things get more and more smart - NEST thermostat, for example. Just about everything these days would like to talk over the internet, or at least an internal network. This is much easier on the 32-bit devices. Tom http://www.mitydsp.com



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