gross sales of automotive ECUs to hit $211B in 2030, 5% CAGR

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Digital management models (ECUs) are enjoying an more and more important function within the automotive trade, driving the event of safer, smarter, cleaner and better-connected automobiles. In consequence, IHS Markit expects international automotive ECU income to soar to $211 billion in 2030, rising at a compound annual progress charge (CAGR) of 5% from $122 billion in 2018. This strong enlargement follows a powerful yr in 2018, when income rose 6.9% from $114 billion in 2017.


ECUs are important for managing automotive subsystems together with the engine, power-steering and transmission.

As autos have added extra options—like infotainment, telematics and superior driver-assist methods (ADAS)—the variety of ECUs in every automobile has elevated. A single trendy luxurious automobile now can combine as many as 150 ECUs.

—James Priyatham, analysis analyst, automotive electronics and semiconductors at IHS Markit

The rise in ECU utilization displays the broader development of accelerating quantities of electronics in every new automobile. The typical worth of in-vehicle electronics is projected to extend to $1,832 in 2030, up from $1,296 in 2018, in response to IHS Markit forecasts.

The largest contributors to the rising digital content material of automobiles throughout the coming years are ADAS, hybrid electrical autos (HEVs) and battery electrical autos (BEVs).

Collectively, HEV and BEV ECUs accounted for simply three% of the full automotive electronics market in 2018, however are anticipated to rise to 15% in 2030. ADAS will develop to account for 29% of automobile electronics income in 2030, up from 17% in 2018.

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Whereas the proliferation of ECUs is enabling many new options in automobiles, the sheer multiplicity of gadgets is creating new challenges. Particularly, the administration of all of the ECUs has turn out to be a fancy activity. To deal with this concern, carmakers are looking for to scale back the variety of ECUs in every automobile by consolidating capabilities into fewer gadgets.

New digital architectures are rising to assist handle price, energy consumption and weight. One rising structure is the cockpit area controller (CDC).

With a CDC structure, ECUs require much less performance, with a lot of their capabilities centralized on the area controller. In consequence, some ECUs have gotten ‘dumb,’ that means they lack options like a system-on-chip or reminiscence.

—Brian Rhodes, linked automobile analysis lead at IHS Markit

The consolidation will trigger international automotive infotainment electronics income to flatten out, in response to IHS Markit forecasts. That is anticipated to happen as some infotainment-oriented ECUs are changed partially or utterly by a CDC.

Massive suppliers dominate the ECU enterprise. Main automotive suppliers Continental and Bosch dwarf the competitors within the international ECU market. The 2 corporations collectively accounted for 28% of the full ECU market in 2018.

Regardless of makes an attempt to consolidate, ECU utilization is ready to proceed to increase within the coming years because the rising feature-set of automobiles outstrips efforts to scale back ECU utilization, IHS Markit says.


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