Monday, September 12, 2011

Linley Group: Embedded Processor Market Sees Strong Growth

The embedded processor market reached record revenue of $3.6 billion in 2010, up 31% over 2009, and will top $5.1 billion by 2015, according to The Linley Group's recently released “A Guide to High Speed Embedded Processors�? report. The strong rebound was driven by restocking, renewed demand and market expansion.

Notable findings include:

  • There will be a five-year compound annual growth rate of 7.7 percent from 2010 through 2015 as the market reverts to normal growth driven by expanding opportunities in storage systems and by demand for high-performance processors for LTE cellular infrastructure.

  • Over the next five years, storage will be the fastest-growing high-level segment in this market.

  • The high-speed embedded market is consolidating around a handful of technical approaches that each addresses a set of applications.

This sixth edition report analyzes more than 100 products, as well as capabilities and strategies of 15 vendors. It covers high-performance RISC and x86 processors for embedded systems, focusing on processors operating at 400MHz and above. These general-purpose processors are used in many different embedded applications, including networking and communications equipment, networked storage, security appliances, PBXs, kiosks, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, thin clients, high-end printers, set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs), car-navigation systems, industrial control, military, and medical imaging. http://