IDC Predicts Smart Systems Microprocessor Cores to Double to Over 12 Billion by 2015

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IDC News Release, 4/13/11

The International Data Corporation (IDC) Semiconductor research team today announced in a preliminary report that smart systems — those with programmable processor cores, high-level operating systems (OSes), and IP-capable connectivity — will consume more than 12.5 billion processor cores representing more than $100 billion in revenue by 2015, more than double the number of cores that shipped in 2010. Moreover, that number is set to nearly double again by 2020 to an estimated 24.6 billion cores. IDC will issue the findings — the first report of its kind — at the SMART TECHnology World conference, April 19-20, in San Francisco.

IDC’s Mario Morales, program vice president, Semiconductor and EMS Research, will detail the report’s major findings in his keynote presentation, “Smart Tech Market Forecast and 2020 Vision,” which kicks off the conference. For the first time, the IDC report and the SMART TECHnology Conference seek to give meaning to the “smart” market [think: smart meters, smart grid, smart phone, smart TV] by defining its taxonomy and quantifying its size and value.

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