The global embedded controllers market demand is expected to grow over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the expanding automotive segments and varied usage of embedded controllers. Embedded controller is the controller circuitry built into the main system board or a device and is the essence of an industrial control system. These controllers are used in most commercial and industrial electronic equipment. Embedded controller systems find their applications in a collection of appliances from considerable stationary installations such as access systems, traffic lights, and system controlling nuclear plants to portable devices such as MP3 players and digital watches, thereby, boosting the demand over the forecast period. These controllers have their applications in computers, printers, modems, robotics, automobiles, aircraft, locomotives, and music systems. Surging demand for smartphones along with tablets is also aiding the embedded controller market growth.
Key features such as real-time operation and reliability along with small size are expected to boost embedded controllers market growth. High energy efficiency, along with high safety & reliability is expected to strengthen the market growth. These controllers are used to control and monitor devices connected to the real world. Embedded controller allows an application to run, even if its umbilical link to the outside world gets cut and is the heart of PLC, DCS, and field bus control systems. Key features such as self-configuring, self-restoring, decentralized control, and personalization are expected to accentuate the embedded controller market growth.
The embedded controllers market is evolving towards the integration of advanced technologies to reduce the cost of the current applications. Over the past few years, features such as wireless radios, op-amps, floating point cores, and advanced display controllers have been embodied in a single controller. More powerful, unique, and innovative components are likely to be added to a single controller in the upcoming years, thus augmenting the market demand. Consumers are demanding safer, better quality products with numerous features and intriguing designs, forcing the vendors to invest more in R&D to evolve a solution that favors consumer’s needs. Thus, embedded controllers can aid in designing diverse products by involving numerous functionalities into the same controller along with saving costs. The outpouring demand for hybrid vehicle deriving from environmental concerns is expected to generate a considerable rise in demand for these controllers. Declining product lifecycle calls for a higher degree of agility and flexibility. Embedded controllers provide industrial automation and supporting advanced sensors along with pervasive feedback control mechanisms, offering lucrative opportunities for the embedded controller market.
Lack of awareness, arduous installation process, unfavorable macroeconomic conditions, and stiff competition are likely to hamper the embedded controllers market growth over the next six years.
Digital signal processors, microcontrollers, simple programmable logic devices (PLD), and complex programmable logic devices are various types of embedded controllers system.. On the basis of application, the market can be categorized into communication, computers, automotive, and consumer goods. On the basis of product type, the market is segmented into eight-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers. The market demand for 32-bit microcontrollers is gaining popularity owing to its cost-effective nature.
Major embedded controllers market concentration originates from North America, mostly from the U.S owing to eminently developed industries. Increasing industrial output in emerging markets of India and China is expected to be crucial for Asia Pacific market growth.
Notable players in the market include Applied Research Consultants Inc., Digital Dynamics Inc., Atlantic Quality Design Inc., Divelbiss Corp., Howman Engineering, ICP America Inc., Digital Dynamics Inc., Logic 1 Design and Services, LLC, Electric Algorithms Inc., Potenza Technology Ltd., and Intel Corp.
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The recent COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging numerous countries across the globe has adversely affected the overall sensor, control, and automation industry. While the capital investments in the automation sector have been lethargic before the pandemic, they are expected to be put on hold or postponed for at least a year. However, the recent standstill in industrial manufacturing and production is anticipated to act as a wake-up call for the manufacturing sector on its reliance on human labor. This, in turn, is expected to highlight the advantages of robotics and automation helping a greater adoption in the post-pandemic period. As IoT, industrial automation, and digitalization are expected to become increasingly relevant to post-pandemic Tier 1 manufacturers, it may eventually turn into an opportunity especially in evolving supply chains. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.