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Across a number of microcontroller applications, there is an increased need for more performance, either due to increased algorithm complexity, integration of multiple, discrete MCU systems into a single entity or the inclusion of wireless/wired connectivity. The rapid growth of the 32-bit controller market, coupled with ARM efforts to standardize low level software libraries further accelerates the availability of software libraries optimized for use on the Cortex-M family of embedded processors, reducing the learning curve for new microcontroller developers and improving time to market for new devices.
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Three major trends are shaping the MCU space:
- Algorithms are increasing in complexity. For example, the desire to make motors more power efficient and provide more diagnostic information pushes up the CPU performance requirements.
- Multiple subsystems are being consolidated into a single electronics board, to reduce system cost, footprint and power.
- Platforms that were isolated devices are starting to include wired and/or wireless connectivity. This puts further pressures on processor performance requirements and provides additional challenges to the system designer to ensure high degrees of system security/reliability and embed enough latent performance to support future services that maybe delivered across the network to deployed platforms.
The combination of these three factors has driven growth in the 32-bit MCU market over the past few years at a rate that outpaces by far the growth of the MCU market as a whole.