Winds of Change: VDC Finds Embedded OS Market Share Shifts

3/21/2003 - The embedded OS market has been anything but predictable in 2003. War jitters, a shaky economic environment, and a struggling telcom/datacom industry have affected investments in new project starts. Competition in the embedded OS market has been fierce, offering embedded developers choice for their development projects and business models to meet their needs.

Worldwide Shipments of Embedded OSs, Bundled Products, and Related Services, Segmented by Leading Vendors for 2002 (In Rank Order)

1. Microsoft
2. Wind River Systems
3. Symbian
4. Palm
5. QNX
6. Enea Data
7. Green Hills Software
8. LynuxWorks
9. MontaVista Software
10. Accelerated Technology (Mentor Graphics)

"While both Microsoft and Wind River Systems are in a dead heat for overall market share, Wind River Systems still maintains a commanding market leadership position for the sale of real-time operating systems," said Stephen Balacco, Embedded Software Analyst at VDC. "Wind River Systems has been as challenged as any supplier in this market space over the last two years in the face of a slumping telecommunications industry, where they have been highly leveraged for sales, as well as increased competition from royalty-free and Linux OS vendors making inroads." Included among the key factors impacting the market are:

About VDC
Founded in 1971, VDC is a technology market research and consulting firm that specializes in industrial and commercial electronics, computing, communications, software and power systems markets.

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