The deployment of billions of advanced systems across key industries over the next five years will be critical to enabling “the vision around intelligent systems,” according to a new International Data Corp. (IDC) study, Worldwide Embedded and Intelligent Systems 2014-2019 Market Update.

The market for intelligent systems—defined by microprocessors, connectivity and high-level operating systems/user interfaces in systems excluding PCs, phones, servers and tablets—will grow from 1.4 billion units and $755 billion in revenue this year to more than 2.2 billion units and $1 trillion in revenue by 2019, according to the IDC report.

"Intelligent systems continue to play a critical role in disrupting traditional industries as connectivity, sensors and [hardware/software] intelligence enables the ability to drive more value for applications and data," Mario Morales, vice president of IDC's Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors research group, said in a statement. "The value chain for the embedded market is broad and fragmented across a large set of industries that span decades of development and commercialization.”

Solving business-specific challenges across each industry with technology and data integration “will ultimately dictate the cadence of adoption and help crystallize the opportunity over the next five years," Morales said.

In 2019, intelligent systems will represent more than one fourth of a total available market of more than 8.5 billion systems in the combined intelligent and embedded systems market, the report says. Among the top-growing segments are driver management and fuel management systems in transportation, smart wearables and smart home lighting systems in the consumer sector, digital pathology and virtual metrology systems in healthcare, and industry-specific gateway products in the industrial sector.

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