Information Appliances: Computer Platforms Invade
March 11, 2003-
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 eTForecasts. 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.
eTForecasts publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA, information appliances and Internet industries.
|Updated March 11, 2003|