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Increased embedded design forecasted in Asia

Posted: 16 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded system design? hardware development tools? embedded system?

Over 700 embedded system designers in Asia, including those in mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and India, participated in an annual survey that aims to gauge each year their development experience with hardware, development tools and RTOS.

EE Times-Asia has been conducting this survey of embedded developers in Asia for the past six years. The survey was conducted through an e-mail invitation in November 2006, directing respondents to a specific Website, where they answered questions on a variety of issues related to their embedded development.

The objectives of the survey are to understand usage patterns, examine buying behavior and identify trends in the marketplace.

Overall, designers expect a slight increase in design activity, with the exception of mainland China. Engineers in that country started on average 19 projects last year, cancelled one and plan to start about six this year. In South Korea, the average is close to 3.64 projects per respondent, with 0.64 cancellations and 3.75 projects planned this year. Similarly, in Taiwan, engineers started about 4.57 projects, cancelled 1.25 and plan five this year. Embedded designers in the rest of Asia, comprising primarily India, Malaysia and Singapore, started about five projects, cancelled one and plan about six this year.

The survey also asked respondents about processor architectures in their designs, development tool usage, languages used, methodologies used for application development and their satisfaction or lack thereof with the tools they used.

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