PC/104-Plus CPU Modules to Challenge PC/104

The PC/104-Plus architecture, which incorporates a faster stackable PCI connector in addition to the standard ISA connectors of original PC/104 boards, has seen steady growth in CPU module boards since its introduction. Now, after periods of incremental gains on share of the PC/104 family CPU module market, PC/104-Plus is projected to rapidly acquire share as it challenges standard PC/104 for the leadership position.

According to VDC’s recently released Global Market Analysis of the Stackables Market, part of the firm’s Market Intelligence Program for Merchant Computer Boards for Embedded and Real-Time Applications, by 2010 sales of PC/104-Plus CPU Modules will trail PC/104 CPU Modules by only US$ 12.6 million, in comparison to the 2005 difference of US$ 24 million.

2005 & 2010 PC/104 and PC/104 Plus CPU Module Market Share

2006 PC/104 Family CPU Module Shipments, segmented by Architecture

PC/104-Plus has leapfrogged PCI-104 as the next major architecture in the PC/104 market utilizing the faster PCI bus. Many expected that PCI-104 would be the architecture of popular choice among those wanting to make use of the PCI bus on PC/104 boards. However, it appears that the backwards compatibility with the ISA bus offered by PC/104-Plus in addition to PCI is more desirable than offering PCI with PCI-104 because ISA remains “good enough” for many PC/104 applications.

PCI-104 CPU Modules will continue to gain market share in the PC/104 Family CPU module market between 2005 and 2010, and are projected to grow to US$ 11.6 million. PC/104-Express CPU modules are also expected to growth steadily through 2010 once a standard is passed and those products are introduced.

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