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VDC’s forecast for embedded software, tools

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded software? tools? Linux? virtualization? Android?

VDC Research Group analysts presented an eight-point forecast for the embedded software and tools market in 2011. On top of the list are the bright prospects of the commercial Linux market. Nokia, Intel and Microsoft are also highlighted.

Here�s a quick rundown of their predictions:

1. Android to catalyze further growth in commercial Linux market

As device manufacturers take Android into new application classes beyond mobile, the commercial Linux market will experience further growth.

2. Multi-OS systems will grow in designs

More application classes will have sophisticated UI functionality that are not supported by traditional OSs and end-users will seek out multi-OS systems.

3. Virtualization in embedded and mobile systems will increase

Driven by hardware bill of materials savings and reduced concerns regarding additional run-time execution latencies and costs, operating system virtualization will provide increased growth opportunities and therefore will continue to be a significant focus for many suppliers.

4. Symbian's loss to become MeeGo's gain

Intel's increasing focus on embedded combined with Symbian's loss of strategic direction will drive additional gains for MeeGo as Nokia turns their attention toward the Linux-based platform.

5. OEMs to increase focus on the use of Web security test tools

Increased interaction with the cloud and web-based content by more embedded device classes will increase OEM focus on use of web security test tools.

6. Telecom vertical will reaccelerate spend on commercial products

The increasing burden of mobile device data usage is driving the need for investment in wireless infrastructure and the telecom vertical market will reaccelerate spending on commercial products.

7. Microsoft will regain relevance in the mobile phone sector

Riding the wave of Windows Phone 7 buzz, Microsoft will re-emerge as a leading player in the mobile phone arena.

8. Another acquisition to come?

Following a string of high profile acquisitions in 2009/2010, VDC anticipates yet another major embedded real-time operating system supplier will get acquired in 2011.

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