The world market for Industrial PCs and embedded computer boards was estimated to be worth $604.4 in 2012. Whilst revenues for civil aerospace applications are projected to grow the fastest, it is predicted that the in-vehicle on-road market will have the largest share of revenues in 2017, according to a recently published report by IHS Inc.
Historically rail has seen the largest revenues of any transportation application for industrial PCs and embedded computer boards and systems at a worldwide level. This is partially due to the strong background that vendors have in this area in application areas such as passenger control and information - it is a case of continuing to operate in well-known fields as opposed to pursing new ones. Rail is still expected to grow well over the next five years however new opportunities in in-vehicle on-road and civil aerospace applications are becoming increasingly attractive.
Government investment in intelligent transport systems (ITS) and the continued investment in in-car infotainment features for example satellite navigation and Bluetooth, serve to increase revenues in in-vehicle on-road applications to 2017. This can be seen across a number of applications such as fleet management.
Growth of civil aerospace revenues can be attributed to the high level of ruggedisation and standardization that is required for components to be robust enough to cope with a tough environment. The importance of aerospace certifications also has an impact on product longevity and life-cycle expectations."
IHS projects industrial PC and embedded computer board revenues from on-road and civil aerospace applications, to experience revenue compound annual growth rates (CAGR) of 12.6% and 15.3% respectively, between 2012 and 2017. Combined revenues for these two categories will reach $327.8 million in 2017, compared to $264.5 million for rail.