LONDON Ė Here are eight key trends for the embedded software and tools market in 2011, courtesy of market research company VDC Research Group (Natick, Mass.). You think they called it wrong, then have your say. Post your own list or additions in the forum below.
1. Android to drive commercial Linux market
As device manufacturers take Android into application classes beyond mobile, the commercial Linux market will experience further growth.
2. More multi-OS systems
More application classes will have sophisticated user-interfaces that are not supported by traditional operating systems and end-users will seek out multi-OS systems.
3. More virtualization in embedded and mobile systems
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 markets 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 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. Data burden to drive telecom 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 accelerate spending on commercial products.
7. Microsoft to make mobile phone gains
Riding the wave of Windows Phone 7 buzz, Microsoft will re-emerge as a leading player in the mobile phone arena.
8. One more RTOS acquisition to come?
Following a series of high-profile acquisitions in 2009 and 2010, VDC anticipates yet another major embedded real-time operating system supplier will get acquired in 2011.