Date: 3rd Sept 2010
IMS: Embedded computer board revenues
to reach $4.3 billion in 2014
IMS Research has estimated that the global sales of embedded
computer boards and modules will grow strongly with revenue
from such sales expected to rise from almost $2.5 billion
in 2009 to $4.3 billion in 2014. The embedded computer board
revenues had declined by approximately 14% in 2009 in comparison
to 2008. But IMS forecasts a strong recovery driven by growth
in key applications and regions.
IMS says Asia Pacific embedded board revenues, driven by
emerging economies including China, continue to rapidly
increase. By 2014, the Asia Pacific market is projected
to account for about 32% of global revenues, up from 25%
Other key findings from the research include:
--CompactPCI and AdvancedTCA estimated to account for over
55% of world revenues in 2009.
--Computer on modules (COMs) are projected to have the highest
--Kontron leads the overall supplier market share estimates.
--Transportation applications to account for almost 1.5
million units in 2014.
--Linux operating systems forecast to account for 33% of
--Boards with x86 architectures will continue to dominate
Mark Watson - Automation Research Manager - says "key
focus areas in the market will continue to be size, weight,
performance, heat and cost. The trend to smaller form factor
boards will continue, opening up new application areas,
especially for mobile products. This is especially evident
in the transportation sector, where new uses for embedded
boards are constantly emerging. Board manufactures must
therefore offer flexible products that can be easily configured
to meet application specific requirements."
Intel Atom processor based boards are found to be gaining
more importance in some of the application segments of embedded
The other leading vendors of embedded computer boards include
Emerson, Radisys, GE and Taiwan based companies such as