20 Aug 2021 -

IC Insights: Automotive MCU sales to surge 23% in 2021

Despite some ongoing shortages of microcontrollers and automakers having to temporarily close assembly lines this year, automotive MCU sales are forecast to surge 23% in the economic recovery of 2021 to a record-high level of $7.6 billion, followed by strong increases of 14% in 2022 and 16% in 2023, reports IC Insights.

32-bit designs are expected to generate almost 77% of automotive microcontroller revenues this year, followed by 18% from 16-bit and 6% from 8-bit, says the report.

“Despite some setbacks in the first half of 2021—such as wafer fabs being shut down by massive power outages in Texas during a historic arctic cold wave in February and heavy damage by fire to a few wafer processing plants in Japan, IC makers say they are ramping up automotive MCU production.  

“For instance, foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said in July 2021 that it was on pace to increase its 3Q21 wafer fab capacity by 60% for automotive microcontrollers compared to production outputs a year earlier and 30% higher than pre-pandemic levels.”

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