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Intelligent system market to grow two-fold by 2015

Posted: 13 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intelligent system? embedded system?

According to the International Data Corp. (IDC), the market for 'intelligent' systems will be responsible for one third of all electronic system unit shipment in 2015, up from 19 percent last year. This includes high-performance microprocessors, connectivity and high-level operating systems.

The report "Intelligent Systems: The Next Big Opportunity" from the market research firm stated that intelligent systems will account for more than 1.8 billion units and more than $1 trillion in revenue this year. However, by 2015, IDC expects the market to double to nearly four billion units and more than $2 trillion in revenue.

"IDC believes this new generation of intelligent systems and its ecosystem will have broad reach and establish the next wave in computing over the next five years," said Mario Morales, VP of semiconductor research at IDC. "Cloud-based applications and analytic workloads will extract significant business value from all of the end-user data."

IDC expects embedded systems to consume nearly 14.5 billion microprocessor cores in 2015, up from about 7.5 billion in 2010. The firm also said that within the intelligent system segment, the portion of system unit shipments based on traditional embedded systems exceeds the portion based on PCs, servers and mobile phones combined.

The IDC report also indicated the evolution of embedded systems from fixed function and disconnected systems to intelligent systems continues to gain momentum to bring the 'Internet of things' to reality. The report indicates that momentum will accelerate beyond 2015 as the ecosystem of hardware, software and services vendors bring more intelligence into systems through higher levels of performance and programmability, more forms of connectivity, increasing penetration of sensors and a growing base of cloud-based applications and data.

"Embedded processors that pack more performance and integration into ever-shrinking form factors and power envelopes are fueling intelligent systems and enabling entirely new and highly compelling product categories," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s Networking and Multimedia Group.

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