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Over 4 billion embedded devices ship annually

Jan 4, 2008 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 12 views

Over 4 billion embedded systems and devices shipped worldwide in 2006 and the market is expected to grow significantly through 2009, Venture Development Corp. (VDC) reports. These devices increasingly contain out-sourced commercial and open-source embedded operating systems, the market analyst firm adds.

VDC estimates that embedded systems without “formal” — or with in-house developed — OSes as their primary OS represented the bulk of embedded shipments in 2006. However, VDC expects the percentage of embedded systems/devices shipping with commercial and/or open-source OSes to grow at a faster rate than those relying on in-house/proprietary OSes or having no formal OS.

Percent of embedded systems shipped in 2006 by primary OS type
(Source: VDC)

VDC notes two factors that complicate the analysis of embedded OS sourcing trends:

  • Current product shipments represent designs from past years, rather than current OS selections for new projects
  • Today’s embedded systems increasingly contain multiple OSes and/or processor cores

“The growing complexity per embedded system/device (in terms of hardware and software requirements) will therefore also impact the opportunity per unit shipped going forward for embedded system solution providers,” explains Matt Volckmann, Senior Analyst and Program Manager of VDC’s Embedded Software Practice.

VDC says its latest report on the embedded software and tools market provides data on annual shipments, addresses key developments and trends within the embedded systems market, and offers core statistics on numbers of embedded developers and embedded development project starts. Data are available segmented by vertical, region, and primary processor architecture. Further details are on VDC’s website.

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