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Embedded computing market to grow over $200 billion by 2022


The global embedded computing market will grow to more than $200 billion by 2022, according to a new report.

The sectors accounting for a significant portion of the expected growth will be automotive and industrial.

The report, Embedded Computing Market, is by Acumen Research and Consulting, which says the market will grow at an annual rate of 6 per cent over the forecast period of 2015 to 2022. 

Acumen says the growth of this market is mainly spurred by increasing penetration of embedded computing in consumer electronics sector, advancements in healthcare industry, rising demand for automation in various industrial processes, and need for embedded computing in automotive and defense sector.

The market for embedded systems is in a growth phase across all geographies, says Acumen.


Technological advancements, reduction in prices of consumer electronics and integration of IoT with almost all devices is expected to boost the market growth.

Players are focusing on innovative and quality system development which is further adding to this growth.

Adoption of newer technologies and improved living standard in emerging economies has displayed increased acceptance of embedded computing systems.

On contrary, strong competition among market players and complex hardware configuration is expected to result in slowing down the market growth.

Evolution of Internet of Things and adoption of embedded computing in emerging economies is the potential opportunity for market players.

Apart from these benefiting factors, high initial investment and difficulties in designing and configuration of systems equipped with embedded computing technology is the major restraint hindering the growth of this market.

Source: Acumen Research and Consulting

Acumen expects North America to lead the market growth.

Currently, North America leads the global embedded computing market for embedded computing owing to the high adoption of technology, presence of large number of players in the region, and innovative embedded computing solutions offered by these players.

Some of the leading players in North America, says Acumen, include:

  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Texas Instruments
  • IBM
  • Oracle

Asia-Pacific is expected to display significant growth in embedded computing market, growing at an annual growth rate of around 6.7 per cent during the forecast period.

This region has undergone rapid development in embedded computing owing to the improved standard of living, decreasing prices of consumer electronics products, and evolution of IoT.

China and Japan are expected to contribute significantly to this growth, with the former registering the fastest annual growth of 7.7 per cent during the period from 2016 to 2022.

Increased penetration of embedded computing devices such as smartphones, laptops, television, gaming consoles, smart home appliances, and others in these countries is majorly responsible for the growth of embedded computing market in Asia-Pacific.

Further, growing investments in different end use verticals including automation & manufacturing, IT & telecommunication, healthcare, construction, transportation, and others is expected to spur the market demand.

The global embedded systems market is segmented based on type, end user and geography.

Based on type, the market is segmented into hardware and software.

Based on end users, the market is segmented into automotive, healthcare, communications, consumer electronics, industrial, energy, and others.

The communications segment accounted for the largest share in the market globally, and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period.

Among the major players operating in the communications market are:

  • Microsoft
  • Intel
  • Fujitsu
  • Microchip Technology
  • Atmel
  • Renesas Electronics
  • ARM
  • IBM
  • Qualcomm
  • Texas Instruments