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Intelligent-connected mobile devices driving significant growth in embedded software market
The design of highly sophisticated systems has become the norm - with the complexity of both software and hardware platforms continuing to advance. VDC continues to find significant growth around intelligent, smart-connected mobile devices.
The average embedded system/device continues to require greater amounts of software to serve the requirements of both suppliers and end users. Among many other functions, today's embedded systems demand more sophisticated system interfaces, increasingly complex graphical elements as well as advanced wired and wireless communication capabilities.
While more complex system features often necessitate additional processing resources and potentially more advanced hardware in order to enable new capabilities, software design and test has become a critical part of the embedded system engineering lifecycle.
As a result of a greater overall focus on software as means to enable increased functionality, a large number of embedded systems manufacturers are currently dedicating more of their resources to software engineering tasks. As such, these companies are highly motivated to improve their software engineering efficiency and are also looking for ways to initiate the software design and verification process earlier within the system engineering cycle, rather than wait until the hardware elements have been fully engineered.
Within the greater context of the embedded market are two complex topics . safety and security.
It is difficult these days not to find articles, whitepapers, or webinar announcements, in any of the major industry publications, web portals, and embedded software solution and silicon providers' web sites. The discussion around safety-critical is embedded, however, while a general search of the web might indicate to some that most of the discussion on security centers around the enterprise and desktop domains, it is clear that in the last year or so the dialog and buzz around security and embedded devices has ratcheted up.
New functionality demands are driving the complexity of device/system development
Controlling software development costs and Security and the Common Criteria time to market.
Migration to more sophisticated processor architectures.
The Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (Common Criteria/CC) was created in 1999 by a number of governments as a means to agree on a set or framework of security criteria for Information Technology products.
More software choices result in growing use of COTS technology; Security market may start small but expansion is imminent
Worldwide Shipments of Commercial
Safety Critical Software
Development, Runtime Technologies
& Related Services Through 2013
As a result of growing use of COTS technology, real-time operating system and tool vendors provide a compelling value proposition to developers through certifiable solutions that can reduce development and testing costs and schedules. This can be particularly advantageous to developers using design automation tools to model and specify the software, include production code generation tools, and generate the documentation required to support certification.
Over the forecast period VDC estimates moderate growth for this product category as OEMs developing safety-critical products will have more commercially available choices to leverage as a means to minimize project costs and schedule risks, control quality and reliability, and increase engineer productivity.
Is Security Important for the
Device / System Under
(Percent of Respondents)
Ubiquitous connectivity of systems has created security challenges that now has OEMs seeking out COTS solutions to meet their security requirements. The embedded operating system is one product area of growing interest from embedded engineers as a means to meet assurance to whatever level of security is defined for the device/system to be developed.
In 2010 VDC estimates the market to be small in scale for secure OS products as compared to the safety-critical COTS software products market. However, we expect that over the forecast period the market will expand significantly as engineering organizations look to secure OS certified solutions not as an afterthought but integrated into product development, as the foundation for delivering embedded system security.
Christopher Rommel - Vice President.
Steve Balacco - Practice Director.
Andre Girard - Senior Analyst.
Jared Weiner - Analyst.
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