Merchant Embedded COTS Board Market

According to a VDC research report, the market for merchant embedded COTS computer boards in military/aerospace/defense applications will grow in North America and Europe over the next two years. The market totaled US$ 766.8 million in 2006, with North America responsible for a 75% share of this and Europe the remaining 25%. The market is expected to reach US$ 983.4 million by 2009 with Europe increasing its share to 26%. While the European market will gain share, spending in both regions will grow.

Regional COTS Merchant Board Markets
North America and European Union,
2006 & 2009 (% of Dollar Volume Shipments)
VDC COTS Merchant Board Pie Chart

According to VDC, the market is projected to grow as a result of two important growth factors:

  1. Complex Military Systems
    The first is increased use of more complex military systems, such as unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), which require heavy processing capability. Systems such as these comprise a higher usage of embedded boards and systems, creating increased demand for these products.
  2. Military Communications
    The second is the expansion and proliferation of military communications into other application areas. Future Combat Systems and the latest military equipment links people with one another, and with vehicles, aircraft, ships, and command centers. Many applications areas now require embedded computers to enable this communication. In addition, applications that previously included embedded computers now require more powerful systems to enable a higher level of communication and functionality. The increase in military communications also creates a new requirement to process, route and if necessary store all of the new data that is created by having a greater number of connected elements in the military telecom/datacom network.

More info: VDC