PC/104 board market growth expected in embedded, real-time applications

Natick, MA—The global market for “stackable” form factor boards in embedded and real-time applications is expected to grow to just over $204 million in 2008 from $140.5 million in 2004, according to new research by Venture Development Corp. (VDC).


Natick, MA— The global market for “stackable” form factor boards in embedded and real-time applications is expected to grow to just over $204 million in 2008 from $140.5 million in 2004, according to new research by Venture Development Corp. (VDC). This expansion of the market for PC/104 family modules is projected despite some architectural shift within this technology.

The PC/104 family includes three form factors or architectures, which differ according to the expansion buses provided. Traditional PC/104 provides only the venerable ISA bus for expansion, while the newer PC/104-Plus provides both ISA and PCI. The newest version, PCI-104, dispenses with the ISA bus, providing only PCI.

The ISA bus has been absent from consumer desktop computers for several years, but still finds utility in many industrial automation applications that do not require high-speed response. However, as demand and supply of controller and bridge chips declines, the ISA-related market will continue to decline. As a result, traditional PC/104 board will only increase to $106.2 million in 2008 from $87.5 million in 2004.

The most dramatic growth is projected for the new PCI-104 architecture, which does not include ISA expansion capability. Although comprising only 5.3% of shipments or $7.4 million in 2004, PCI-104 is expected to reach a share of nearly 16% or $31.9 million in 2008. This is equivalent to an increase of 331% in terms of dollar volume shipments.

Meanwhile, shipments of PC/104-Plus board are projected to increase to $66 million in 2008 from $45.6 million in 2004.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me