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Growth in the embedded systems market is being driven by the healthcare, industrial, automotive, telecommunication, and consumer electronics sectors. The auto industry is the leading sector in the embedded system market with a 17% market share as of 2015. If you’re new to embedded computers, don’t worry — you’re not alone. But having at least a basic understanding of embedded systems and their wide range of digital capabilities is the key to determining whether or not an embedded PC could be beneficial for your business. Here’s what your business needs to know about embedded PCs.

What is an embedded PC?

First and foremost, let’s clear up the definition of an embedded computer. An embedded system is essentially a type of computer intended to perform specific tasks and difficult to reprogram.

“Some of the earliest computers were what we now think of as an embedded system, as they only did one task, such as solving a particular puzzle. However, today an embedded system earns its name from the fact that it is found within another machine,” writes John Lister onĀ Techwalla.

What are the benefits of an embedded PC?

Because of the fact that each embedded system typically performs the same basic tasks, they rarely — if ever — need hardware changes or improvements to memory or storage. This means that there’s not much need for additional IT services or for anyone to be able to physically access the system. Other benefits of embedded PCs include faster loading times, lower costs, and the overall requirement of fewer resources. Based on these advantages, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the embedded computing market is expected to reach $236.5 billion by 2022, registering a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% during the forecast period 2016 to 2022.

Ultimately, the average American now spends about half a day staring at screens. A Nielsen Company audience report found that U.S. adults spend 10 hours and 39 minutes each day consuming media, and embedded systems have definitely proven themselves as useful digital assets in countless industry applications. Understanding the capabilities of embedded PCs is the key to determining whether or not they may make a wise investment for your business. For more information about embedded systems, contact Mediawave PC.