Asia Pacific is the biggest market for robotics. These days robotics are being used in many industries and it is not just a hobby. In 2012, more than 80,000 robots was sold in this region.
Japan is one of the biggest markets for robots with more than 28,000 robot sales. China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and other countries like India, South Korea, Thailand have a growing demand for robotics.
For this huge robotics market, microcontrollers are an essential part of it. With robotics becoming more and more popular in this region, the 8 bit microcontroller market will also grow.
The automotive and healthcare sectors are booming across the world. Increasing disposable income and more spending towards healthcare by governments are the major factors for the growth. This is also facilitating the use of technology for different products and services being offered by different healthcare providers and automotive manufacturers. The use of technology is now being seen widely across the industries like consumer care, manufacturing and energy. 8-bit microcontrollers play a key role within these sectors as they are embedded in machinery or consumer products.
Even though new 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers are being increasingly used, 8-bit microcontrollers still have a huge market. The market is seeing a decline in terms of revenues and unit sales per year, but still it will be the preferred microcontroller unit in the coming years as its still cheaper than other types of microcontrollers.
Some of the major vendors are Cypress, Microchip, Texas Instruments, NEC Electronics, Atmel, Sony, Renesas Electronics, Zilog and Infineon Technologies.
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