Stratospheric opportunity awaits IPCs in LEO satellites, charging stations

Ninelu Tu, Taipei; Vyra Wu, DIGITIMES Asia 0


As computational capabilities develop and broadband communication infrastructure matures, more and more industries see smart tech as the pivotal avenue for value augmentation, and the Industrial Personal Computers (IPCs) industry is no exception.

This momentum is driving demand for Industrial Personal Computers (IPCs). Traditionally entrenched in sectors like manufacturing, petrochemicals, industrial control, and transportation, IPC manufacturers now entering nascent domains such as electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, energy, and low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite satellites sectors.

Against the backdrop of the renewable energy trend, a cadre of IPC entities strategically has maneuvered into energy management, monitoring, and electric vehicle charging piles. Aplex Technology fortifies its products with rust resistance, dust-proofing, waterproofing, explosion-proofing, and outdoor visibility, strategically positioning itself within the human-machine interface market for charging piles, while Sintrones Technology identifies charging piles as a crucial focal point for substantial growth.

Forecasts from both entities indicate forthcoming shipments related to charging piles projects in 2024.

IPC manufacturers have entered the emerging LEO satellite sector. Industry players such as DFI Inc., Parpro, Sysgration, and Ubiqconn Technology adopt solution-driven or project-oriented approaches, embedding themselves in the satellite supply chains.

Insiders underscore that with the maturation of the V2X architecture and applications, the demand for LEO satellites is poised for a substantial surge. The harsh nature of the environment in which satellites operate positions the LEOs as a prime ingress point for IPC manufacturers.

For IPC manufacturers, despite robust product attributes required to navigate challenging usage contexts, charging stations and LEO satellites present modest demand scales during initial developmental stages. A high level of customization also makes the sectors an optimal fit for IPC manufacturers focused on long-term bespoke solutions.