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The world market for embedded-panel IPCs is forecast to rise from an estimated USD200m in 2008 to USD250m (GBP153.8m) in 2013.

A new report from IMS Research focused on the IPC market shows that the world embedded-panel IPC market is projected to grow at almost double the percentage rate of the standard-panel IPC market.

Mark Watson, senior analyst at IMS, said: ‘The trend towards IPCs, which do not rely on fan cooling, will continue throughout the forecast period.

‘This is largely due to customer demand for increased reliability while also maintaining performance and functionality levels, which are now attainable through new processor technologies.

‘Embedded IPCs show the fastest revenue growth; advantages in size, cooling and reliability attract a new customer base while also encouraging existing users to move from other IPC types.

‘However, a factor likely to blunt the growing use of embedded-panel IPCs to 2013, especially in control-based applications, will be the increasing adoption of single-board computers.

‘This competing product type, offering similar functionality to a complete IPC but in a smaller form factor, is often perceived as being more reliable and power efficient.’

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