MCU embedded applications semiconductor products business proved to be a lucrative business market. According to market research firm iSuppli’s statistics, only in China MCU market, currently embedded applications every year, about the size of two billion U.S. dollars. Therefore, the slowdown in the semiconductor business, is not optimistic about the economic environment, the majority of companies have MCU operations to strengthen the business. In this process, MCU vendors have different strategies.
CortexM3 expanding consumer and industrial markets, or will form the three pillars of the situation. There is no doubt that the MCU ARMCortex-M3-based products currently in the embedded MCU market gained a. Many companies have launched or plan MCU introduced based on the core MCU. For example, STMicroelectronics, NXP, Atmel, and Toshiba Semiconductor Company has launched a variety of ARMCortex-M3-based MCU. Texas Instruments through the acquisition of Luminary, was based on the core product. In addition, companies such as Fujitsu Microelectronics will be launched in 2010 ARMCor-tex-M3 based on the MCU. As ARMCortex-M3 core-based microcontrollers with low cost, low power consumption and performance and other characteristics of the middle, you can replace the industrial market and the consumer electronics market, some of the 16-bit MCU, therefore, ARMCortex-M3 in the major markets for industrial control, Common consumer electronics market.
From the current marketing situation, although behind STMicroelectronics ARMCortex-M3-based Luminary introduced the MCU, but it is still the industry’s first to introduce the core MCU based on the mainstream of semiconductor companies. Moreover, STMicroelectronics more complete product line, so far has launched 70 types of products, covering all high school low-grade applications, products features are improving, so the market has started a number of design wins. Overall, STMicroelectronics products market to promote the fastest, the future should be ARMCortex-M3MCU a major supplier.
STMicroelectronics NXP ARMCortex-M3MCU products after the launch. Although the failure to seize the initiative, but NXP ARMCortex-M3MCU based on the latest Cortex-M3R2 revised kernel, it has some of the advanced nature of their products. For example, R2 revised core increased highly integrated power control. Using this technology, NXP ARMCortex-M3MCU can reach the industry’s lowest power consumption. The LPC1300 series in the operating frequency of 70MHz, the power consumption of about 200?A/MHz. Furthermore, NXP Cortex-M3MCU products of high speed, work speed up to 100MHz. In addition, NXP has also been actively improving its product line. Therefore, it is foreseeable, NXP will also become ARMCortex-M3MCU an important force in the market.
Texas Instruments in May 2009 acquisition of the Lu-minary. Luminary product lines are based on ARMCortex-M3′s MCU. Prior to this, a number of years, Texas Instruments ARMMCU technical route has been stagnant, while the acquisition of the Luminary change this situation. As LuminaryCortex-M3MCU product line has a certain standard, coupled with TI’s marketing efforts, the future of Texas Instruments will also be a ARMCortex-M3MCU market forces can not be ignored.
Although some companies in the market to promote its ARMCortex-M3 based on the MCU products, but the richness of product lines can not be compared with the three companies, and follow-up speed slightly slow. In this case, the recent above-mentioned three companies with extensive product line and market opportunities have been won, the field may ARMCortex-M3MCU built a pillar of the situation.