Compute Stick Device Shipments Could Reach 5 Million by 2021

Compute Stick Device Shipments Could Reach 5 Million by 2021

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Intel’s Compute Stick and Chromebit could very well be your next computer. Sure, it isn’t a notebook or a desktop PC but it does answer a specific need, which is to convert your HDMI display/TV into a computer. And according to ABI Research, a market intelligence company, ┬ádemand for the compute stick computers will exceed 5 million units in 2021.


Jeff Orr, research director at ABI Research said with 2015 concluding compute sticks’ first full year of shipments, they anticipate the devices to show an impressive CAGR of 49% between 2015 and 2021 as the ecosystem continues to grow.

Computers On a Stick

Intel and Microsoft have been championing the compute stick computers and it could potentially revive the Wintel legacy. Orr further added that with legacy laptop shipments dragging down portable computing, ultraportable 2-in-1 systems trending toward higher price points and ARM-powered tablets dominating, both Intel and Microsoft are certainly looking for their next big opportunity.

Both Intel and Microsoft have retooled their development teams to find more ways to fill the gap between desktop PCs and notebook computers. Intel has focused on refining its Atom SoC processor platforms, while Microsoft has reinvented itself with the launch of Windows 10 and created more versions of it.

“For the compute stick opportunity to scale, significant growth is needed in relationships, manufacturing agreements, and regionalization of lead market use cases,” concludes Sam Rosen, Managing Director and Vice President at ABI Research. “For example, from a consumer standpoint, the compute stick market provides more functionality but less purpose-built entertainment experience in comparison to streaming media adapters. While there are an abundance of situations spanning both consumer and enterprise markets in which compute sticks would add great value, the most important next step right now is for vendors to appropriately articulate those best fit scenarios to audiences.”

PLDT is just one of the few companies that are currently pushing the use of the compute stick but we’ll likely see more vendors sell it and drive the portable computer onto mainstream and business markets.

For more information on this ABI Research report, visit their site or click here.


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