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Embedded fuels 'intelligent' systems

Posted: 13 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intelligent systems  microprocessor  connectivity  embedded systems 

Market research firm International Data Corp.'s (IDC) report titled, " Intelligent Systems: The Next Big Opportunity," forecasts more than 180 crore units and more than Rs.44.84 lakh crore ($1 trillion) in revenue this year for "intelligent" systems—defined as those with high-performance microprocessors, connectivity and high-level operating systems.

According to IDC, the market for intelligent systems will be up from 19 per cent in 2010 to account for more than one third of all major electronic system unit shipments in 2015 by doubling to nearly 400 crore units and more than Rs.89.69 lakh crore ($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, in a statement. "Cloud-based applications and analytic workloads will extract significant business value from all of the end-user data."

Overall, IDC expects embedded systems to consume nearly 1,450 crore microprocessor cores in 2015, up from about 750 crore in 2010. The firm maintains that, within the intelligent system segment, the portion of system unit shipments based on traditional embedded systems already exceeds the portion based on PCs, servers and mobile phones combined.

According to the IDC report, the evolution of embedded systems from fixed function and disconnected systems to intelligent systems continues to gain momentum and puts intelligent systems on track 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 fuelling intelligent systems and enabling entirely new and highly compelling product categories," said Lisa Su, senior VP and general manager of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s Networking and Multimedia Group.

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