According to a new report published by ABI Research, spending on the contactless hardware, software, and services market will reach $800 million by 2011, up from just $260 million in 2006. Contactless payment deployments are quickly expanding around the world because they speed retail payments and public transportation. However, these two largest contactless applications remain mostly separate, limiting the uptake of contactless cards and delaying the transition of contactless payment technologies into mobile phones.
Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and 3G
Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and cellular 3G are the main technologies capable of broadcasting wireless data at broadband speeds to consumer devices. Each technology has its benefits and challenges, but ultimate adoption will vary greatly depending on the region of the world they are deployed, according to In-Stat, a high-tech market research firm.
Embedded Computer Systems
Merchant suppliers are grabbing incremental market share in the embedded computer systems market. According to VDC, the merchant systems market will increase by 64% in terms of dollar volume from 2005 to 2010, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the same period equal to 10.4%. The source of this healthy growth rate is a modest increase in market share of the total available market by merchant suppliers from 10.8% in 2005 to 11.1% in 2010. VDC believes much of this growth is being fueled by adoption of more standardized solution for board architectures and their critical subsystems.
Microprocessor Forum 2007
The Microprocessor Forum will take place May 21 â€“ 23, 2007 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California. The event is organized by In-Stat. The forum provides detailed technical presentations of new ideas and interesting solutions, as well educational examples that can be shared among engineers.