Engineer suivey data summary obseivations
As more and more engineering organizations look toward higher bit count and
more powerful processors to meet the requirements of their next generation
designs, the parallel, growing standard for software-driven intelligence
continues to demonstrate its greatest impact on the highest end devices.
- Engineers using 64-bit processors reported, on average, 46.6% of total
development costs attributable to software development, the highest rate among
the various demographics studied.
- The functional requirements (and potential) seen within those systems
employing 64-bit processors are also driving their users to spend a higher
percentage (13.1%) of their development budget on commercial software
licensing than any other communitywe surveyed.
In further corroboration of the growing impact of software across device
classes, respondents reported that there were more software engineers on their
team than any other type of engineer. Furthermore, this characterization held
consistent for each processor segment highlighted within this report.
- Also in concert with this overarching trend, engineering organizations are
devoting more assets to software testing, with
‘Test/Verification/Validation’ enginners the second largest type
of embedded system engineers reported on current project teams.
The impact of these rapidly evolving requirements that are shaping today's
embedded devices can already be seen on the semiconductor supplier landscape.
What has long been a somewhat steady and slow moving ecosystem is being forced
For example, Texas Instruments (TI), while remaining a dominant supplier in
the market with over 16% of respondents using their products, suffered a
decline in share in almost all segments we covered as compared to last year's
- Competition in the embedded market in general has grown increasingly
fierce and the mobile sector, where TI once enjoyed relatively unfettered
growth, has experienced the most rapid change. In fact, TI just recently
announced in September that it would be shifting its focus away from mobile in
order to pursue greater opportunities for profits within other embedded
- While Intel has been doing its part to compete against ARM and gain mobile
device design wins, they remain the most frequently cited semiconductor
manufacturer in the high-end, 64-bit processor segment.
Market Segmentation, Estimates & Forecasts
Use of MCUs remains high in Industrial sector
Current Project Development by Industry
(Percent of Respondents)
About the Team
Chris Rommel, Vice President.
Steve Balacco, Director.
André Girard, Senior Analyst.
Jared Weiner, Analyst.