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The Global Market for Embedded Integrated Computer Systems: Supply-side Analysis - M2M the Gateway to Increasing Embedded System Revenue

Published by VDC Research Group, Inc. Product code 295781
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The Global Market for Embedded Integrated Computer Systems: Supply-side Analysis - M2M the Gateway to Increasing Embedded System Revenue
Published: February 11, 2014 Content info: 46 Pages; 88 Exhibits
Description

The newly revamped VDC M2M Embedded Hardware Platforms report on Embedded Integrated Computer Systems has comprehensive coverage of all significant vertical markets. The latest trends, including M2M, are discussed along with the VDC insights for each market and the relevant suppliers.

What questions are addressed?

  • Which computing architectures are likely to grow faster than the others and which types are likely to drive EICS growth as opposed to embedded boards?
  • For each market, which EICS applications are driving that growth?
  • How will the EICS market be affected by regional government spending and economic policies?
  • Who are the leading EICS suppliers for each product type and market?

Executive Summary

Growth has returned to the EICS market, but this growth has become far less predictable and certain, as have the prospects of many EICS suppliers.

Government spending on infrastructure will remain a key driver for EICS purchases, particularly for the transportation market. In the US, defense spending will become even more uneven and COTS systems will be sought to support multiple interrelated applications in a given platform. Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) customers will be purchasing a higher mix of systems as opposed to boards as these entities trim their operations in the hopes of remaining profitable in the face of uncertain order streams. The shift toward outsourcing by LSIs will provide revenue benefits to systems suppliers but will also transfer the associated risks to profit margins.

Many EICS suppliers will find that M2M-related applications will become the gateway to increased revenues, particularly if suppliers are able to expand the product integration to include more of the elements that end customers need as part of a complete solution. In the future, EICS will be used as intelligent gateways in both Greenfield and Brownfield M2M deployments.

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Key Findings

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) will displace purpose-built EICS products within the communications market applications. Although EICS-specific parameters such as MIPS/Watt will remain relevant, the industry will emphasize the efficiency of the communications ecosystem as a whole as opposed to the individual computing components.
  • Embedded systems suppliers seeking to capitalize on the burgeoning Internet of Things and M2M phenomenon must increase their capabilities and product offerings beyond hardware to include more of the solution stack, including middleware, application support, connectivity, and cloud-based resources.
  • In defense markets, cost reductions for platforms being actively produced or designed are a priority. If specifications and mission parameters allow, embedded computing systems can be configured to support multiple applications and, as a result, reduce the number of computing units needed per platform.
  • In many markets, including defense and transportation, M2M and cost-saving initiatives will lead to more interconnected computing platforms to share functions such as GPS or connectivity as opposed to performing these functions independently.
  • There will be both opportunities and threats for suppliers with products at the high and low end of the performance spectrum. Advanced processor technology will allow new embedded systems to displace incumbents but, simultaneously, computing modules with System on Chip processors will win share from low-end systems as some customers will no longer need systems with expansion slots for functions such as graphics.
  • The competitive landscape will continue to be altered and the effects on suppliers and end customers will be significant. Consolidation and product line adjustments will become far more common. Emerson has sold a majority share of its embedded computing division and Eurotech recently sold Parvus and it remains unclear whether all of their respective product lines will continue to be supported. Meanwhile, Kontron undertook a significant reorganization that led to many changes in its product lineup and a reassessment of channel partners that found several being dropped.Global Market Overview and Forecast

Global Market at a Glance

Global forecast for EICS by category (US $M)

Source: VDC Research, 2014.

Global Market Ideas & Insights

Five Year Forecast

The global market for embedded integrated computer systems (EICS) is projected to grow to $XXB in 2017 from $XXB in 2012, representing a X.X% CAGR. Merchant systems will grow at a X.X% CAGR as they wrest share from captive systems moving from XX% in 2012 to slightly more than XX% of the entire EICS market in 2017, to approach $XXB. The captive market will remain dominant, but many OEMs will increase the outsourcing of systems integration as these activities are now considered as being non-core to the production of the end product. The medical, transportation, emerging, and niche markets will experience the highest growth rates for merchant EICS as they benefit from overall growth and the aforementioned shift away from the captive systems business model.

Regionally, APAC will reach XX% of merchant EICS in 2017 from XX% in 2012, a CAGR in the XX-XX% range. The Americas and EMEA, being more mature, will grow at a X-X% rate.

Passive backplane architectures will still hold more than XX% of the total addressable market but will lose some ground to active backplane and server EICS products as SDN and cloud-based or networked attached configurations are deployed.

Shifts will be seen in the levels of integration requested by customers that will require suppliers to adjust their product and service offerings accordingly. In some cases, and particularly when customers experience a highly unpredictable mix of product configurations, final integration of software will be performed in-house. The suppliers that aim to reverse this trend will need to streamline their operations to provide shorter delivery times. At the other end of the integration spectrum, and particularly where customers already outsource hardware integration there will be trend toward purchasing full solutions. EICS suppliers seeking to capitalize on this trend must add more value through middleware and application software if they expect to increase profit margins and differentiate their product offerings.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Global Market Overview and Forecast

  • Global forecast for EICS by category (US $M)
  • Global forecast for merchant EICS by vertical market (US $M)
  • Global forecast for merchant EICS by region (US $M)
  • Global forecast for merchant EICS by platform types (US $M)
  • Global forecast for merchant EICS by passive backplane architecture (US $M)
  • Global forecast for merchant EICS by active backplane architecture (US $M)
  • Global forecast for merchant EICS by integration level (US $M)
  • Global Market Ideas & Insights

Comparative Forecast by Vertical Market

  • Forecast at a Glance: Aerospace and Defense
    • Aerospace and defense: merchant versus captive (US $M)
    • A& D forecast for merchant EICS by platform type (US $M)
    • A&D forecast for merchant EICS by passive backplane architecture types (US $M)
    • A&D forecast for merchant EICS by active backplane architecture types (US $M)
  • Ideas & Insights: Aerospace and Defense
  • Forecast at a Glance: Communications and Networking
    • Communications and networking: merchant versus captive (US $M)
    • C&N forecast for merchant EICS by platform types (US $M)
    • C&N forecast for merchant EICS by passive backplane architecture (US $M)
    • C&N forecast for merchant EICS by active backplane architecture (US $M)
  • Ideas & Insights: Communications and Networking
  • Forecast at a Glance: Industrial Automation and Control
    • Industrial automation and control: merchant versus captive (US $M)
    • IAC forecast for merchant EICS by platform types (US $M)
    • IAC forecast for merchant EICS by passive backplane architecture (US $M)
    • IAC forecast for merchant EICS by active backplane architecture (US $M)
  • Ideas & Insights: Industrial Automation and Control
  • Forecast at a Glance: Medical Devices
    • Medical devices: merchant versus captive (US $M)
    • Medical forecast for merchant EICS by plaform types (US $M)
    • Medical forecast for merchant EICS by passive backplane architecture (US $M)
    • Medical forecast for merchant EICS by active backplane architecture (US $M)
  • Ideas & Insights: Medical Devices
  • Forecast at a Glance: Transportation
    • Transportation: merchant versus captive (US $M)
    • Transportation forecast for merchant EICS by plaform types (US $M)
    • Transportation forecast for merchant EICS by passive backplane architecture (US $M)
    • Transportation forecast for merchant EICS by active backplane architecture (US $M)
  • Ideas & Insights: Transportation
  • Forecast at a Glance: Emerging and Niche
    • Emerging and niche: merchant versus captive (US $M)
    • Emerging and niche gorecast for merchant EICS by vertical market (US $M)
  • Ideas & Insights: Emerging and Niche
  • M2M
  • Forecast at a Glance: M2M
    • Merchant EICS in M2M-related applications
  • Ideas & Insights: M2M

Competitive Landscape Ideas & Insights

  • Merchant EICS supplier competitive landscape by vertical market, 2012
  • Vendor Insights
    • ADLink, Advantech, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, Dell, Emerson, General Electric-Intelligent Platforms, Kontron, Mercury Systems, National Instruments, RadiSys

End-User Trends and Insights

  • In M2M, EICSs based on COMs do not resonate
    • System architectures cited as used in M2M applications (percent of respondents)
  • Ideas & Insights
  • Future EICS Trends - Bladed/modular architectures cut themselves a larger share of the market
    • Architectures or form factors used in embedded computing systems (percent of respondents)
  • Ideas & Insights
  • EICS Insights - Selection factors are market dependant
    • Top three selection factors influencing EICS product selection by vertical market
  • Ideas & Insights
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