Secure MCUs to Open Up Embedded IoT Opportunity

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1Q 2018 | IN-5018


An IoT Opportunity


ABI Research has started tracking a fairly nascent market in the microcontroller (MCU) space that is focusing on embedded security. Hitting the market in 2015, but gaining real traction only last year, this class of MCUs is a less resource-intensive, discrete version of a trusted execution environment (TEE), designed specifically for low-end IoT devices. Known as a secure MCU, it is being driven by the likes of Renesas (Synergy), NXP (Kinetis), STMicroelectronics (ST33), and Qualcomm (with the upcoming Snapdragon 845).

With the market still emerging, ABI Research forecasts 2018 secure MCU shipments to remain low key, coming in at just under 20 million globally by end of year (see the ABI Research market data Digital Authentication and Embedded Security (MD-DAES-106)). However, by 2022, shipments are expected to hit more than 350 million. The driv...

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