The key markets served by embedded computer boards, modules and systems span military, medical, gaming, transportation, and industrial automation. Embedded computing controls ground, air and sea-based military applications, railroads and factories, and provides critical functionality to scientific and medical equipment.
While many of these markets grow at a modest pace year-on-year, the impact of the growth in Internet of Things (IOT) applications has the potential to grow certain parts of the embedded computing market at a much more radical pace. In particular, it is the industrial IOT (IIOT) applications which appear to offer the greatest potential. The industrial automation market segment has been deploying automation for decades but IIoT is different in certain respects. The main distinctions are the extensive use of sensors and actuators, the advanced analytics employed, and the adoption of IT methodologies.