The Computer Hardware Trends report outlines new developments and the advantages or disadvantages of new computer hardware, both new and old. It can be used for planning the purchases of new computer hardware, to track market trends and consumer preferences and to evaluate future requirements. It is a quarterly journal of changes in the computer hardware industry, published by IDC, a data analysis and research company.
Changes in technology have led to greater complexity and performance pressures in computer systems. New developments are also a key factor for increasing profitability. Trends in the field of computer architecture, system design and software have changed significantly in recent years. Trends related to the mobility of computing devices and increased levels of connectivity are also changing the face of computing. Trends in the field of personal computing will also impact the ability to do work and interact with others.
In terms of new computer hardware, new components and peripheral devices have become common place in the marketplace. USB networking sticks, handheld computers and tablets, and compact personal digital assistants (PDAs) provide an easy, affordable way to access the Internet and enhance computing power at lower cost. Modular multipoint hardware and software have also become popular with computer builders. Many computer manufacturers are following suit with a variety of announcements regarding their new lines and products.
Laptop manufacturers are releasing laptops that are small, light and powerful enough to be a desktop replacement. Intel has announced the Pentium processor family, designed especially for laptops. ARM is another developer that is designing new low-powered processors for portable computer devices. These developments have resulted in better performance for many applications and have increased portability of laptops.
Computer components, such as RAM and hard drive, continue to improve in size, speed and reliability. Manufacturers have introduced new components that are backward-compatible with older models. Modern computer designs often include media-accelerated processing units (MADD), multilayer printed circuit boards (MLP), and security protection features. Software developers continue to create new applications that take advantage of faster processors and greater storage capacities. This has resulted in dramatic increases in the number of software programs that are available on computers.
The computer hardware market has experienced strong growth over the past five years. Computer hardware sales reached a record high in the year 2021. The demand for computers is expected to increase more in the coming years. With strong competition between manufacturers, price and quality benefits can be enjoyed by buyers. New technologies that require larger hard drive space and more memory will also result in significant price increases for some computer hardware models. The demand from businesses and consumers will also likely increase in the coming years, resulting in even greater demand for computer hardware components.