VDC Embedded Real-time and Mobile Application Operating Systems Study

Venture Development Corporation (VDC) recently released their Embedded/Real-time and Mobile Application Operating Systems study. According to VDC, the overall embedded software code base is growing at a rate of approximately 9% per year. VDC concludes that system complexity is driving the need for greater amounts of software content per project. VDC expects projects using commercial and open source operating systems to represent the bulk of total embedded software code base growth going forward. In addition, VDC’s findings suggest that engineers working on projects using commercial, open source, and in-house operating systems, as well as those using no formal operating system (running on their target system), to employ significantly greater amounts of software code on their next embedded design.

VDC Research on software code base increase

According to VDC, customers evaluating embedded operating systems are seeking to satisfy a growing list of specific product requirements – and that vendors without adequate offerings in these areas are often not considered as part of a more thorough evaluation. Solutions supporting more complex system user interfaces and communication stacks such as USB connectivity, TCP/IP, and wireless communication protocols are currently in high demand within a majority of projects. Most vendors have therefore either built these solutions in-house to complement their offerings or satisfied these through partnerships in order to fill gaps within their offerings. These market factors are quickly turning operating system vendors into software stack platform providers.

Software Sources

  • Code leveraged from previous designs
  • Commercial software solutions
  • Using open source solutions
  • Code developed in-house using more efficient tools or larger engineering teams
  • Code generation technologies

More info: VDC