Semicast Predicts ARM to be the Leading 32-Bit Microcontroller Architecture In 2011

05 May 2009

Revenue growth driven by the ARM Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M0 processors

Semicast Research, a leading provider of independent market research on the semiconductor and electronics industry, has forecast that ARM will become the leading 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) architecture in 2011, ahead of Power Architecture and x86.

Driven in particular by the introduction of low cost parts based on the ARM® Cortex™-M3 and Cortex-M0 processors, Semicast predicts that ARM MCU revenues will increase to almost $2.8 billion in 2013, a CAGR of 21%.

Colin Barnden, principal analyst at Semicast Research and study author commented “As was evident at the recent Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, the ARM architecture continues to gain momentum in the MCU market, with suppliers such as Atmel, Luminary Micro, NXP and STMicroelectronics all demonstrating Cortex-M3 processor-based MCUs and NXP also introducing the first parts based on the Cortex-M0 processor”.

The source material for this news release is taken from the Semicast report “32/64-bit Microcontrollers, Embedded Microprocessors & DSPs”, published in April 2009. Download a copy of the study brochure (177Kb .pdf)

ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

Semicast is a respected provider of independent market research on the semiconductor and electronics industry. It specializes in coverage of new and emerging applications including industrial semiconductors, wireless semiconductors, automotive electronics, telematics/infotainment, digital consumer convergence and embedded processing.


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