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Embedded/Real-time and Mobile Application Operating Systems

  • ID: 1053510
  • May 2009
  • 82 Pages
  • VDC Research Group, Inc


  • Concurrent Computer
  • Express Logic
  • LynuxWorks
  • Micrium
  • MontaVista Software
  • Quadros
  • MORE

The global recession has, and will continue to, negatively impact the market for embedded/real-time and mobile application operating systems

Although limited growth is expected within certain vertical markets in 2009, VDC expects the overall market growth to rebound materially in 2010

The changing economic climate has led to a more cautious development approach:

In the recent past, engineering teams would have made more of the software purchasing decisions with minimal process requirements that were managed inside teams

Since the middle of last year, the process has become more controlled and involves more formal review and approval from higher-levels of engineering

OEMs have begun vigorously re-evaluating “build-versus-buy” cost analysis

More complexity and functionality/new features in software

Sustained time-to-market pressures

Increasing management oversight on development budgets

Reduced engineering resources

Software vendors are under increasing pressure to articulate and deliver highly differentiated product offerings as industry consortia accelerate the maturation and value proposition READ MORE >


  • Concurrent Computer
  • Express Logic
  • LynuxWorks
  • Micrium
  • MontaVista Software
  • Quadros
  • MORE

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Market Overview
Strategic Issues, Drivers, & Trends
Market Estimates & Forecasts
Competitive Analysis
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  • Concurrent Computer
  • Express Logic
  • LynuxWorks
  • Micrium
  • MontaVista Software
  • Quadros
  • MORE

Down 2009 Expected to Lead to Growth in 2010 for Embedded/Real-time Operating System Market

The recently published report indicates that embedded system manufacturers’ requirements and end-consumers’ expectations continue to drive substantial investment in embedded software and development tools.

The embedded and real-time operating system market, in particular, has faired better than many other sectors of the broader embedded market, with 2008 revenue demonstrating 9% growth over 2007. However, even this achievement is qualified with the expectation of the first industry contraction in 2009 since 2002.

“As a whole, the embedded operating system market has been greatly affected by the reduction in unit shipments over the past nine months due to the substantial percentage of market revenues typically derived from production licenses,” says Chris Rommel, Analyst with VDC’s Embedded Software and Tools Practice. “However, the magnitude of the recession’s impact has been tempered within the embedded and real-time segment due to the growing demands for software-driven functionality coupled with mounting device safety and security considerations and new device requirements.”

Although the recession has and is expected to continue to negatively impact the market for embedded and real-time operating systems in 2009, certain vertical markets have been less affected in the short term while others hold the potential to rebound significantly in 2010.

For example, innovation within the medical device industry will drive growth as cart-mounted devices consolidate sensing and computing components into smaller, mobile form factors and device software is placed under greater regulatory scrutiny. By contrast, the retail automation industry market is expected to demonstrate the largest percent decrease from 2008 to 2009 as retail stores combat falling revenues by limiting capital expenditures on new kiosks and POS equipment.

However, we expect the retail segment to rebound significantly after showing modest growth in 2010 to grow in excess of 20% in 2011 as these companies begin to parlay increased cash flow into investments in enhancing efficiencies and consumer experiences.

We expect market participants who – in spite of the current economic climate – remain focused on targeted product development for and marketing to these and other key vertical markets will improve their ability to emerge from this downturn with greater revenue growth and market share.

We explore these industry trends and other critical issues affecting this market in the recently released report, Embedded/Real-time and Mobile Application Operating Systems, Volume 1 from Track 1 of our 2009 Embedded Software Market Intelligence Service.

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- Express Logic
- Green Hills Software
- LynuxWorks
- Mentor Graphics
- Micrium
- Microsoft
- MontaVista Software
- QNX Software Systems
- Quadros
- Symbian Ltd.
- TenAsys
- VirtualLogix
- Wind River Systems

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