Microcontroller Unit (MCU) Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2027

Global Microcontroller Unit (MCU) Market Research Report: By Class (4-Bit, 8-Bit, 16-Bit and 32-Bit), Application (Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Communication and IT, Others) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa and South America) - Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/SEM/7154-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 111 pages

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Market Synopsis

Global Microcontroller Unit (MCU) Market depends on this factor significantly, which is expecting substantial CAGR growth during the forecast period (2016-2025).

A microcontroller is a compact IC that is designed for specific operations and functions in an embedded system. Microcontrollers are small computers integrated on a single circuit and include a core processor, memory, and some programmable input and output peripherals. The microcontroller unit market has tremendous opportunities, as the utilization of electronic goods is increasing rapidly. IoT requires sensors and actuators to link the physical and digital worlds. The Internet of things (IoT) microcontroller is a combination of IoT technology and microcontroller. A sensor converts a physical state into an analog or digital signal, while an actuator turns a digital signal into a physical effect. The next step in the IoT architecture is the computing system which processes or generates the digital signals which can be performed by microcontroller. A study states that by the end of 2021, there would be more than 200 billion connected devices helping the organization and personals in their daily activities. Several devices need miniaturized IC and microcontrollers. Thus, the growing IoT market would significantly contribute to the growth of the global microcontroller unit (MCU) market.

The demand for customizable ICs is a major factor driving the microcontroller unit market. The focus of microcontroller manufacturers toward product innovation has given rise to the customized ICs. The microcontrollers designed for a particular user instead of general use are customizable ICs. These microcontrollers are generally application-specific as they can be modified as per the product demand. The automotive microcontroller units are used for different systems such as rollover and stability control, fuel injection, crash bag and air sensing, head units and audio amplifiers in automobiles. High automation in the automotive sector is also creating a high demand for the microcontrollers and thus boosting the market growth. Apart from this, the healthcare sector is also a major user of microcontrollers for various equipment such as electrocardiography machines and digital X-rays. Therefore, the innovation of customizable ICs is contributing to the growth of the microcontroller unit market.

Another major factor is the increased smartphone adoption and enhancements in smartphones due to ongoing technological advancements. The introduction of new technologies such as 4G and the migration to 5G are further boosting the deployment of customized SoCs and microcontrollers.


The Global Microcontroller Unit (MCU) Market has been segmented based on class, application, and region.

By class, the microcontroller unit (MCU) market has been segmented into 4-bit, 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit.

By application, the microcontroller unit (MCU) market has been segmented into consumer electronics, automotive, industrial manufacturing, communication and IT, and others.

By region, the microcontroller unit (MCU) market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.

Regional Analysis

Globally, the microcontroller unit (MCU) market has been categorized into five regions—North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America. Among these, North America remains the dominating region owing to factors such as the presence of major microcontroller manufacturers, centers for semiconductor research and development, and technological advancements in the medical industry boost the growth of the microcontroller unit market. On the other hand, the rich concentration of automotive industry, high demand for advanced automotive technologies, and the demand for advanced medical equipment and sensors are fuelling the growth of the microcontroller unit market in Europe.

Competitive landscape

The global microcontroller unit (MCU) market is characterized by the presence of several global electronic components, IC, and processor manufacturers. The competition among the existing and new players for shares in the market is highly intense. Quality, performance, and reliability of microcontrollers are some of the factors that help vendors to sustain in an intensely competitive market. Furthermore, technological advancements for the adoption of MCUs across automotive, electronics, consumer electronics, and telecommunication sectors is expected to fuel the growth of the microcontroller unit (MCU) market during the forecast period.

Key Players

The key players in the microcontroller unit (MCU) market are identified across all the major regions based on their country of origin, presence, recent key developments, product diversification, and industry expertise. Some of them are NXP Semiconductor, Renesas Electronics Corporation, Microchip Technology, Silicon Labs Inc, Infineon Technologies AG, Texas Instruments Inc, Cypress Semiconductor, Maxim Integrated, Toshiba Corporation, Intel Corporation, Parallax, and Analog Devices Inc. These players contribute significantly to market growth. Apart from the top key players, the other players contribute nearly 25–30% in the microcontroller unit (MCU) market.

Intended Audience

  • System Integrators

  • ODMs

  • Electronic Component Manufacturers

  • Resellers and Distributors

  • Consultancy and advisory firms

  • Research Institutes and Organizations

  • Technology Standards Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The expanding IoT industry can be a significant market growth opportunity.

Introduction of the latest technologies such as 4G and the migration to 5G is the latest trend in the market.

Automotive, consumer electronics, communication and IT, and industrial manufacturing, are the main applications covered in the report.

technological advancements within the medical industry along with the presence of renowned microcontroller manufacturers and the rising number of centers for semiconductor research and development are the chief reasons backing the strong market growth in North America.

The market is marked with the presence of a large number of IC, processor and electronic components manufacturers. There is a fierce competition between the established and the new vendors gain a better position in the market.