Embedded Processor Market Achieves Record-Setting Revenue of $3.6 Billion According to New Linley Group Report

“A Guide to High Speed Embedded Processors” Shows Continued Growth in Market Through at Least 2015

Sep 13, 2011

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—September 13, 2011 — The embedded processor market rebounded strongly in 2010, reaching a record-setting revenue of $3.6 billion and will top $5.1 billion by 2015 according to The Linley Group’s recently released “A Guide to High Speed Embedded Processors” report. This sixth edition report analyzes more than 100 products, as well as capabilities and strategies of 15 vendors. Notable findings include:

  • Industry revenue in 2010 was up 31 percent compared with 2009 as restocking, renewed demand and market expansion contributed to sales growth.
  • Total 2010 revenue from general-purpose embedded processors was $3.6 billion.
  • There will be a five-year compound annual growth rate of 7.7 percent from 2010 through 2015 as the market reverts to normal growth driven by expanding opportunities in storage systems and by demand for high-performance processors for LTE cellular infrastructure.
  • Over the next five years, storage will be the fastest-growing high-level segment in this market.
  • The high-speed embedded market is consolidating around a handful of technical approaches that each addresses a set of application.


What: This report covers high-performance RISC and x86 processors for embedded systems, focusing on processors operating at 400MHz and above. These general-purpose processors are used in many different embedded applications, including networking and communications equipment, networked storage, security appliances, PBXs, kiosks, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, thin clients, high-end printers, set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs), car-navigation systems, industrial control, military, and medical imaging.

Who: Authors of the report are Joseph Byrne and Tom Halfhill, senior analysts at The Linley Group.

Availability: “A Guide to High Speed Embedded Processors, Sixth Edition” is currently available directly from The Linley Group. For further details, including pricing and a list of included tables, visit the web site.

The Linley Group is the industry's leading source for independent technology analysis of semiconductors for networking, communications, mobile, and wireless applications. The company provides strategic consulting services, in-depth analytical reports, and Linley Tech events focused on advanced technology topics. The Linley Group is also the publisher of Microprocessor Report, the leading technical publication for unbiased analysis of high-performance processor technology. For insights on recent industry news, subscribe to the company's free email newsletters: "Linley Wire," "Linley on Mobile," and "Processor Watch" and follow us on Twitter@linleygroup.

Note to editors: To speak to an analyst from The Linley Group about this report, please contact: Erika Powelson, Powelson Communications, 831.424.1811 or email erika@powelsoninc.com.

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