Electronic control units (ECUs) are playing an increasingly critical role in the automotive industry, driving the development of safer, smarter, cleaner, and better-connected cars. As a result, global automotive ECU revenue is expected to soar to $211 billion in 2030, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% from $122 billion in 2018, according to IHS Markit forecasts. This robust expansion follows a strong year in 2018, when revenue rose 6.9% from $114 billion in 2017.
“As vehicles have added more features—like infotainment, telematics, and advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS)—the number of ECUs in each vehicle has increased,” said James Priyatham, Research Analyst, Automotive Electronics and Semiconductors at IHS Markit. “A single modern luxury vehicle now can integrate as many as 150 ECUs.”