M14 Intelligence predicts the total sales of low power MCUs for wearable devices, medical devices, and smart home devices is estimated to be around 106.5 million units, 238.6 million units, and 157.9 million units respectively. The detail analysis of ultra-low power MCU market and trends are covered in the latest report “Edition 2018, Low and Ultra-low Power Energy Harvesting MCUs Market, 2018 – 2025 report” published in June 2018 with 200+ pages analysis, 100+ technology players (18 OEMs and 100+ Tier 1s, Tier 2s, and other technology players), 25+ companies profiled, 150+ info graphs, and 50+ data tables.
The report focuses on changing dynamics of the industry, key benefits of low-power MCUs and impact analysis, drivers, challenges, opportunities in adoption of energy harvesting technology, emerging trends in energy harvesting for sensor hub, sensor network, & security network, energy Harvesting MCU sales estimation and forecasts. All the major factors of the market including the sales trend and market demand are analyzed across all the leading economies of Japan, China, United States and countries in European region.
This report covers the detailed analysis of current and future Energy harvesting MCU’s market with their application areas including wearables, health care devices, smart home, etc. As per the research, currently the healthcare industry have the highest demand for low power MCUs, however, looking at the increasing demand for home automation and security solutions, smart homes applications will have the largest demand for low power MCUs by 2025. The sales of low power MCUs for Smart homes applications is expected to grow by ~14.7%, between 2018 and 2025. The wearable devices application stand second with estimated growth rate of ~13.8%, between 2018 and 2025. The connectivity is the main aspect in energy harvesting MCU’s applications. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Wired Ethernet, IEEE 802.15.4 with ZigBee and MiWi protocols, Wi-Fi communication and Long Range (LoRa) Communication are the major wireless connectivity solutions for energy harvesting devices. As of now BLE technology based MCUs are contributing with the largest share of more than 96%. The second important wireless connectivity solution is the WiFi technology with penetration of just more than 1%. All the other technologies in current market scenario has very low market share of around 3%.
As per the study by M14 Intelligence the driving factors for energy harvesting markets such as miniaturizing the smart and low-energy wireless nodes in IoT industry with increasing need for green energy and increasing demand in various applications such as modern electronic systems goes hand in hand for scaling the energy harvesting market. The challenges may include optimization in battery consumption of wearable, initial cost of energy harvesting devices, battery replacement, and sufficient power for nodes.
The research and development by these top players is studied by M14 Intelligence and given the brief understanding on their technologies, trends, future analysis, revenue etc. Nowadays battery life are getting improved more and more but the traditional MCU’s are not capable of providing good battery management. So all major players in MCU manufacturing like Texas Instruments, Microchip, STMicroelectronics (Switzerland), NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands), Infineon Technologies (Germany), Renesas, Fujitsu Group, Seiko Epson Corporation, Maxim Integrated, cypress, Analog Devices, Lattice semiconductors, silicon labs, etc. are shifting to low and ultra-low power MCU’s development. But the emerging companies like Epeas and Ambiq Micro are more ahead in this competition because the existing solutions provided by the top player’s offers two extremes – they either have decent power consumption but limited processing and memory capabilities, or they have higher power consumption with more powerful processors and more memory. But the low-power MCUs deployed by emerging companies offer an alternatives for designers who can benefit from the low power consumption of an embedded microcontroller with the capabilities of high powered application processor which are smaller and lower in cost and also provides a longer battery life.