Embedded software market to cross $20bn by 2025

14th June 2019
Lanna Deamer


Global Embedded Software Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $12bn to over $20bn by 2025; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. The embedded software market growth is attributed to the increasing adoption of embedded devices in the retail and automotive sector. 

The compactness of embedded devices helps in easy installation in small vehicle spaces and can be deployed for features such as altering octane levels in fuel, adjustment of suspension, security systems, and anti-lock braking systems. 

Hybrid and electric vehicles are using embedded software for increasing fuel efficiency and controlling emissions. The increasing demand for autonomous and connected vehicles is also supporting the market growth.

The increase in the demand for open source Linux software and RTOS software is expected to offer a lucrative growth to the embedded software market.

The use of real time systems enables users to develop functional firmware in highly compressed timescales. Moreover, it supports custom Board Support Package (BSP) as per users’ requirements. The primary advantage of an open source RTOS is its low power consumption that helps MCUs to increase the processing speed by around 20%.

The RTOS segment in embedded software market is projected to register a CAGR of more than 11% due to the increase in the demand for consumer electronic products, automotive electronics, and life-saving medical devices. The RTOS-enabled software uses the round-robin scheduling process that reduces the hog in a CPU and performs error-free processes in real time. Such systems offer mission-critical and safety-critical applications to various industry verticals such as military, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive.

Furthermore, such software supports multitasking and inter-task communication that helps an engineer to perform complex applications simultaneously. It also supports all microcontrollers and microprocessors that have different memory sizes such as 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, and 64-bit. In June 2018, Green Hills Software partnered with Paragon Software to integrate its Integrity RTOS with Paragon’s file system link to support different file types in a system.

Linux held a major embedded software market share in 2018 due to the increase in the demand for open-source development tools and software. The open-source embedded software helps telecommunication, data communication, and internet appliance manufacturers in discovering the cost, performance, and time-to-market benefits for embedded devices. The technology companies are focusing on the development of robust operating system platforms for the development of an embedded system.

For instance, in February 2019, Siemens launched a new enterprise-class Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) solution for embedded system development. The new solution offers electronic manufacturers secure, scalable, and configurable distributions for industrial, medical, aerospace, and defence applications.

The ARM Mbed RTOS is expected to grow at the highest rate in the embedded software market over the forecast period due to an increase in the adoption of the IoT technology in smart applications. ARM Mbed OS is an open-source embedded operating system designed specifically for IoT applications. The OS helps in reducing security and complexity issues associated with the deployment, development, and management of IoT devices throughout their lifecycle.

The enterprises are focusing on integrating cloud services into their embedded software solutions to expand their product portfolio. For instance, in July 2017, Advantech, a global leader in the industrial computing market, integrated with ARM Mbed to enable scalable IoT cloud services. This integration helped the company in offering secure identification, connection, and device management services for IoT deployment.

The real time system is projected to register the highest growth with a CAGR of more than 13% during the forecast period. The growth in this segment is attributed to error-free task management and use of the pre-emptive kernel method in the system. The real-time system is classified into two, soft and hard. A soft RTS offers less accuracy and strictness on time while a hard RTS delivers the exact output at the required time.

In August 2017, Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited (MIFS) launched an automotive 40nm technology using SuperFlash memory licensed by the Silicon Storage Technology (SST). SST’s embedded memory solution enabled the company to offer a high density and low power IC designs for various applications in the automobile industry.

The automotive sector held a embedded software market share of over 17% in 2018 due to the increase in the adoption of RTOSs in vehicles. The RTOS helps vehicle manufacturers to address safety issues associated with autonomous driving. In January 2017, Arm Limited partnered with OpenSynergy to develop the industry’s first software hypervisor for ARM cortex R52 processor to address software complexities in autonomous cars.

This product development helped the company to consolidate several safety critical functions into ECUs to reduce complexities and operational costs.

Japan embedded software market share, by application, 2018

North America embedded software market held a major share of over 50% in 2018 due to the presence of key players such as Intel, Microsoft, and IBM in the region. The rise in demand for IoT and connected devices to offer smart and connected devices and reduce human intervention in the US is helping the market growth.

In June 2018, HSBC Bank partnered with SoftBank Robotics America to bring the humanoid robot, Pepper, into the bank branch. This partnership helped the bank in streamlining bank operations, allowing bank staff to have enhanced customer engagement. The robot will educate customers about the basic product information and inform them about the self-service banking options.

The companies are increasing their investments in R&D to expand their product portfolio. For instance, in 2018, the R&D investments of Intel increased by $358m or 3% due to investments in data-centric businesses. The company has decreased its marketing expenses by $923m or 11% due to ISecG divestiture and the adoption of the Intel Inside programme.

The key players operating in the embedded software market are ENEA, Green Hills Software, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Advantech, Microchip, Mitsubishi, STMicroelectronics, Express Logic, LG CNS, Mentor Graphics, National Instruments, Segger, Texas, Renesas, HCL, Qualcomm, Toshiba, Via, Dexcel, Graphene, and Qualitat systems.

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