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Wireless MCU Market Report: Market Size

- Jun 11, 2018 -

Wireless MCU Market Report: Market Size


According to statistics from the China Semiconductor Industry Association, China's integrated circuit industry maintained rapid growth in the first quarter of 2018. Sales from January to March in 2018 were 115.29 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 20.8%.


China Wireless MCU Market Scale


According to the statistics of the China Semiconductor Industry Association, China's integrated circuit industry maintained rapid growth in the first quarter of 2018. Sales from January to March in 2018 were 115.29 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 20.8%. The development of the semiconductor industry has led to the development of electronics, intelligence, and networking in all walks of life, especially the development of the Internet of Things industry. The development of the Internet of Things industry has also promoted the rapid development of semiconductor integrated circuits. In a variety of connections, wireless technology is still the preferred choice for connecting to the Internet.


According to reports, the number of IoT connections reached by China Telecom in April 2018 exceeded 60 million and is expected to reach 100 million by the end of 2018. The total number of China Mobile Internet of Things connections in China Mobile in 2017 is 229 million, and it is expected that the total number of connections will exceed 1.7 billion by 2020. China Unicom's Internet of Things connection management platform has exceeded 80 million connections, and it is expected that by the end of 2018, the number of IoT connections exceeded 130 million.


According to CCID Consulting's prediction, the number of IoT connections in China will reach 5.38 billion in 2025, of which the number of 5G IoT connections will reach 3.93 billion.


According to a report released by the GSMA Mobile Think Tank and the China Institute of Information and Communications in 2016, the total number of connections in the Chinese machine-to-machine (M2M) market will reach 1 billion by 2020, most of which will be based on the development of the low-power wide area network (LPWA) market. .


Wireless MCU is a very important product in IoT connection. According to the information of relevant manufacturers of Wireless MCUs, the author sorted out and predicted the market scale of wireless MCU in China in 2016-2018. As shown below:


Wireless MCU Market Report: Market Size


The market size of the Wireless MCU increased by 17% in 2017 compared with 2016. Affected by the positive development of the Internet of Things market, it will maintain a high growth rate in 2018.


MCU core


According to the number of bits in the MCU core, the kernel used by the Wireless MCU is divided into 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit. Due to the universality of the Arm Coretx-M series, the Arm Cortex-M based MCUs are specifically listed separately. Among them, Arm Cortex-M series kernel includes Arm Cortex-M0, Arm Cortex-M0+, Arm Cortex-M3, Arm Cortex-M4(F) and so on. According to the author's current statistics of Wireless MCU products, the respective MCU core classifications are listed in the respective proportions, as shown in the following figure:


Wireless MCU Market Report: Market Size


In the current statistics of Wireless MCU products, the majority of 32-bit MCU products accounted for 73.8%. Among them, based on Arm Cortex-M series core products accounted for the highest proportion, reaching 68%.

A simple wireless transceiver using an 8-bit MCU can basically meet the requirements. Communication protocols and applications with complex products will use higher-performance 32-bit MCUs. Arm's support from numerous chip vendors and support from development resources have made Arm Cortex-M series cores widely used in Wireless MCU products.


Wireless frequency


According to the current statistics of wireless MCU products using the radio frequency, the frequency is divided into 2.4GHz, Sub-1GHz, Sub-1GHz & 2.4GHz and so on. The following figure shows the proportion of Wireless MCU products using these frequencies.


Wireless MCU Market Report: Market Size


In the Wireless MCU products, 2.4 GHz is mainly used, accounting for 59.5% of the total. 2.4GHz is universal in the world and has been supported by many domestic and foreign chip manufacturers. Wireless MCU products based on the Sub-1GHz & 2.4GHz full-band are still relatively few and the market is still uncertain.


wireless technology


According to the statistics of Wireless MCU products, the wireless technologies used are: Proprietary, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread and so on. According to its use in the Wireless MCU products, the proportion of the use of wireless technology is simple statistics, as shown below:


Wireless MCU Market Report: Market Size


The use of Proprietary and Bluetooth wireless technology accounted for the vast majority of Wireless MCU products, accounting for 76.4. Proprietary wireless technology is mostly the application of some non-universal standard protocols, and the specific application of the product is strong. Bluetooth accounts for a relatively large proportion, which is mainly the application of Bluetooth in audio and wireless data, especially the application of single-mode/dual-mode Bluetooth in the Internet of Things. While the Wierless MCU products based on the common standard multi-protocol stacks currently have a relatively small proportion of products, their future development may be phased out, and different wireless technologies may be supported by software without changing the hardware.