Pure-play 200mm foundry Hua Hong Semiconductor’s shipment of microcontroller (MCU) chips has grown to 1.2 billion in the first half of 2016, a year-on-year increase of 50%.

Market research firm IDC forecasts there will be 29 billion interconnected devices and the global IoT market will grow to USD1.46 trillion by 2020, which implies a great prospect for MCUs market. Hua Hong Semiconductor has the eFlash/eEEPROM (embedded Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) process platform for high-end 32bit MCUs and the cost-effective 0.18µm 3.3V/5V CE OTP/MTP (One-Time Programming/Multiple-Time Programming) process platform for entry-level 8bit MCUs.

To tap the great potential in the burgeoning MCU market, Hua Hong Semiconductor delivers a comprehensive range of scalable and cost-effective solutions that perfectly fit a wide range of energy-efficient and intelligent applications including IoT, wearables, smart grid, embedded smart devices, healthcare electronics, smart lighting, industry and automotive electronics. In addition, by combining the leading embedded memory storage techniques with low-cost CMOS RF technologies, or integrating flash and high voltage technologies, these solutions may further reduce cost and time-to-market.

Based on its eFlash/eEEPROM process platform, Hua Hong Semiconductor delivers customised Flash IP/EEPROM IP that features high read speed up to 60MHz and low power with standby current less than 0.1µA. While delivering outstanding performance and reliability, the platform allows data retention up to 100 years and endurance up to 100,000 cycles, enabling customers to develop premium MCUs that cater the needs of diversified applications.

"In the future, emerging applications like IoT, cloud computing, big data, smart city and virtual reality (VR) will significantly boost the demands for MCUs. Echoing to this market demand and the new trends, the Company will continue to innovate on its MCU platform to provide customers with MCU solutions featuring lower power, higher performance, security, reliability and price-performance ratio,” said Fan Heng, executive VP of Hua Hong Semiconductor.