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Compute Sticks: Small-Form Computing on the Go


The global market is experiencing rapid change in the shape and size of computing devices. Gone are the days of bulky, tower PCs that occupy the desk. All-in-One (AIO) systems merged the PC chassis electronics into the back side of the monitor, reducing the number of major components and clearing up physical space. Contemporary smartphone designs are also available now that enable the processing power of these beige boxes from only a few years ago with the added benefit of fitting in one’s hand. New computing form-factors have emerged as well, such as tablets and 2-in-1 ultraportable PC configurations, offering hybrid use cases that blend mobility and productivity. There are no shortage of choices for businesses and consumers alike to choose from to meet their computing needs and aspirations.

This study examines the use cases for HDMI Compute Sticks, analyzes the related supply chain and vendor ecosystem, and builds a market opportunity forecast for these devices from 2014 through 2021.

Table of Contents

  • 1. HDMI Stick Attempts to Become Computing's Next Big Thing
    • 1.1. Market Overview
    • 1.2. Definitions
    • 1.3. Top-level Forecast
    • 1.4. Compute Stick Strategic Recommendations
    • 1.5. Compute Stick Applications
    • 1.6. Alternatives to Compute Sticks
    • 1.7. Compute Stick Ecosystem
  • 2. Not a Billion Dollar Market, but Interesting for Many
    • 2.1. Compute Stick Market Sizing: HDMI-capable Television and Monitor Shipments
    • 2.2. Compute Stick Forecast Methodology
    • 2.3. Forecast Assumptions
    • 2.4. Compute Stick Forecasts
  • 3. A Lopsided Compute Stick Ecosystem Favors Wintel Duo
    • 3.1. ASUS
    • 3.2. Dell
    • 3.3. Google
    • 3.4. HannStar Display / Hannspree
    • 3.5. Intel Corporation
    • 3.6. Lenovo
    • 3.7. Microsoft
    • 3.8. Rockchip