Computer equipment is growing in size and complexity, according to new statistics.
In a report to be released Thursday, the Society of Automotive Engineers found that more than a quarter of new computers shipped in 2020 were over 10 inches tall and a third of all new systems shipped in 2021 are over 30 inches tall.
The report also found that almost a quarter (23 percent) of new computer systems in 2020 came with an embedded processor.
Computer systems that are too big or complex to fit in a desk can cause issues for consumers, the report found.
While many computer systems have become more affordable, they can also be expensive.
“In the past, it was simply too difficult to build a desktop computer for a home user and have it work well in the living room,” said Craig D. Jones, president and CEO of the Society.
“Now, computers are being shipped with the potential to do more than just play games or surf the web.
They are also being shipped to businesses and to people who work in offices and home offices, where they are often bigger than their desktops.
It’s time for the industry to embrace this new era of high-volume, high-power computing,” Jones said.
Some organizations are making some effort to reduce the number of systems they ship.
For example, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) last year began requiring all new employees to be certified in the use of computers.
The report also noted that there are now more than 1,500 companies selling computers that ship with embedded chips.
That number is growing as more businesses take advantage of technology to expand their networks and use cloud services.
A report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology found that about 30 percent of computer systems sold in 2021 were not designed with a full range of options in mind, including a full operating system, the ability to run multiple applications, or even a full backup and recovery system.