This white paper is written on the global markets for merchant Digital Signal Processing boards for embedded and real-time applications, and the processing silicon used on these boards. This paper provides the most comprehensive analysis of these markets presently available. The examination concentrates on merchant boards, i.e. those that are sold individually on the open market, and excludes "deeply embedded" boards that are task, application and customer specific. Demand for silicon is based upon unit volume sales and projections for merchant boards using the various types of processing silicon.