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IoT & Embedded Hardware Platforms

IoT & Embedded Hardware Platforms

Embedded computing hardware is at the very core of the M2M revolution. The resulting business opportunity, which is enormous, is causing many of the world’s largest enterprise technology vendors to begin aggressively pursuing the embedded market. VDC’s coverage of all major embedded computing technologies – including processors, boards, and systems – provides our clients with unprecedented data and insight into the future of the embedded systems and connected device marketplace. Trends such as connectivity, big data, low-power consumption, embedded storage and security are creating a range of new challenges and opportunities for established embedded hardware technology players, new entrants, and their OEM customers. Clients of our embedded hardware research program have unmatched insight into how these trends and others will evolve in the years to come so that they can formulate winning product, market, channel, and corporate development strategies. All research findings are based upon extensive interaction with engineers, embedded technology vendors, and leading professional services organizations. 

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What are some of the key questions answered by this research program?

  • Which markets are likely to represent the best opportunities for which embedded technologies given M2M and other critical trends?

  • Will M2M give ATCA new momentum in new markets?

  • How will the importance of professional services change in the coming years given the requirements of customers and the need for vendors to differentiate?

  • What types of customers are most likely to consider solutions from general purpose computing vendors such as Dell, HP, and IBM?

  • How are processor vendors’ strategies evolving to address the era of intelligent systems?

Vendors likely to be covered in this research program






Texas Instruments



Emerson Network Power











GE Intelligent Platforms




Overview of covered technologies

  • Embedded Integrated Computer Systems

  • Embedded Boards

  • Embedded Processors

  • Integration Services

Some recent insights from our ongoing coverage of the Embedded Hardware Platforms market include the following:

More OEMs are adopting standard architecture embedded integrated systems. A growing number of OEMs are transitioning away from their proprietary in-house embedded integrated systems toward commercial, active backplane solutions.

Services are providing hardware vendors with a new angle for differentiation and profit. With margins for traditional embedded hardware components under pressure, suppliers are relying on value-added services as a strategy to drive profits.

SoCs are becoming increasingly relevant outside of mobile. Size, weight, and cost benefits are rapidly pushing system on a chip (SoC) technology into new, non-mobile sectors, such as medical devices and telecommunications infrastructure.

Big Data is creating a bigger embedded storage opportunity. A growing number of OEMs are looking for supplemental or alternative storage solutions to hard drives. Our 2013 program includes changes in coverage, deliverables, and other program elements that make it more valuable than ever. Individuals at all levels of the organization, from product managers up to C-level executives, can use VDC’s research and other services to gain a competitive edge.

Major annual deliverables

  • Monthly VDC View reports containing analyst insights on important trends

  • Thirteen market analysis reports covering all major embedded hardware technologies

  • Extensive Excel datasets with sizing, segmentation, and forecasting of embedded hardware markets

  • Analyst inquiry privileges to support your critical decisions and questions

Who should read this research?

This annual research program has been carefully designed for senior decision-makers who are developing embedded technology in the following roles:

CEO or other C-level executives
Corporate development and M&A teams
Marketing executives
Business development and sales leaders
Product development and product strategy leaders
Channel management and channel strategy leaders

What are the benefits of subscribing to this program?

This program provides clients with the ongoing data and insights they need to make critical decisions confidently about product, market, channel and corporate development strategies. Use this research to:

  • Build highly credible business cases for pursuing new markets

  • Identify underserved and high-growth market opportunities

  • Better understand your company’s competitive position and formulate winning strategies

  • Stay ahead of changes in customer requirements and demand

  • Gain access to the ideas and insights of analysts who have the most in-depth view of your markets

To learn more, contact us at info@vdcresearch.com.