The deployment of billions of advanced systems across major industries over the next five years will be critical to enabling the vision around intelligent systems.
New IDC research suggests the market for intelligent systems, defined by microprocessors, connectivity, and high-level operating systems/UI in systems excluding PCs, phones, servers, and tablets, will grow from 1.4 billion units and $US755 billion in revenue this year to over 2.2 billion units and more than $US1 trillion in revenue by 2019.
"Intelligent systems continue to play a critical role in disrupting traditional industries as connectivity, sensors, and HW SW intelligence enables the ability to drive more value for applications and data," says Mario Morales, vice-president of Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors research group, IDC.
"The value chain for the embedded market is broad and fragmented across a large set of industries that span decades of development and commercialisation.
“Solving business-specific challenges across each industry with technology and data integration will ultimately dictate the cadence of adoption and help crystallise the opportunity over the next five years."
In 2019, IDC reports that intelligent systems will represent over one fourth of a total available market (TAM) of more than 8.5 billion systems in the combined intelligent and embedded systems market.
Among the top-growing segments are driver management and fuel management systems in the transportation sector, smart wearables and smart home lighting systems in the consumer sector, digital pathology and virtual metrology systems in the healthcare sector, and industry-specific gateway products in the industrial sector.
For this forecast update, IDC expanded the embedded and intelligent systems and microprocessor coverage to include 263 system segments, in areas such as energy, smart building, smart home, transportation, and wearables to provide more insight on the technology adoption of each market.