Appliances: Computer Platforms Invade Electronic Devices
March 15, 2003 - During the Internet bubble years, Internet or information appliances were perceived as a new product category that would severely impact the PC and other industries. This clearly did not happen. Instead nearly the opposite is taking place. Computer hardware and software platforms are invading the electronic devices in the telecommunication, consumer electronics, auto electronics and related industries. The long-term trend is clear: most electronics devices will sooner or later be based on microprocessors, software, networking and other computer technologies.
Why are computer
platforms being used in electronic devices? Because the cost decline,
capability growth and flexibility of computer platform-based designs eventually
becomes the best solution. The key question is not if this will happen,
but when will it happen in the various product segments. The most crucial
question is who will control the leading computer platforms that will
become entrenched in each electronic device segment? The next table shows
how computer platforms are penetrating some of the consumer electronics
and communications device segments.
“Microsoft certainly understands this trend and is expanding its Windows-based platforms to nearly every products segment”, says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. The cell phone manufacturers also understand, because they are developing their own platforms to counteract Microsoft. The TV and video industry also understand and are defining platforms and standards that are operating system agnostics. Many are using Linux and middleware standards to level the playing field.
These are results from a new market research report by Computer Industry Almanac. The report explores the technologies, computer platforms, product segments and markets for information appliances including detailed market estimates for six regions of the world from 1998 to 2007.
Computer Industry Almanac publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA, information appliances and Internet industries. For more information see Market Research Reports.
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