Embedded Software Market Size By Operating System [General Purpose Operating System (GPOS), Real Time Operating System (RTOS)], By Function (Standalone System, Real Time System, Network System, Mobile System), By Application (Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Manufacturing, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Military & Defense, IT &Telecom), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), South Korea, India, Brazil, Mexico, GCC, South Africa), Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2018 – 2024

Published Date: Aug 2018 | 150 Pages | Report ID: GMI478 | Authors: Ankita Bhutani, Preeti Wadhwani Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Embedded Software Market size was estimated at over USD 11 billion in 2017, growing at a CAGR of more than 7% from 2018 to 2024.

China Embedded Software Market Share, By Application, 2017

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The embedded software market is driven by a surge in the adoption of IoT-enabled devices that helped the enterprises to offer enhanced connectivity & technological solutions and handle large-scale data used in complex architectures such as aircraft, drones, and autonomous cars. An increase in the demand for smart and connected devices in the automotive & healthcare industry is projected have a positive impact on the market. The healthcare industry is one of the fastest industries to adopt IoT-enabled embedded OS into medical devices, helping the medical personnel to improve the quality and effectiveness of services offered to their patients.

A rise in the market penetration of electric vehicles is projected to expand the growth of the embedded software market. The deployment of embedded OS has increased the driving comfort of the passengers by offering driving assistance function such as adaptive cruise control and parking assistance. A rise in the demand for standardized software, such as automotive open system architecture (AUTOSAR) for electric vehicles, is expected to propel the growth of the market.    

Embedded Software Market, By Operating System

In 2017, the GPOS segment accounted for a share of more than 70% in the embedded software market. This growth is attributed to the presence of key players offering legacy hardware integrated with GPOS software. The GPOS software uses fairness policy to reduce latency in the network. The software is used in systems that are not time-critical and performs dynamic memory mapping. Apple Mac OS, Linux, Unix, and Microsoft Windows are some of the examples that use GPOS software into their systems.

The RTOS segment is projected to register a CAGR of more than 11% over the forecast timeline due to an increase in the number of enterprises offering RTOS software across various industry verticals. The RTOS-enabled system is time critical and executes high priority thread over low priority to avoid any hog in the CPU. The primary advantage of RTOS over GPOS is that RTOS offers error-free applications that can run constantly with the maximum consumption of allocated resources. The efficient power consumption and cost-savings offered by real-time systems are expected to expand the embedded software market size.

 Embedded Software Market, By Function

The standalone system held more than 73% share of the embedded software market in 2017. This growth is due to the requirement of special-purpose hardware that includes function-specific microcontroller units (MCUs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The same program is executed repeatedly within the system throughout its lifetime unless reprogrammed for upgrading. Such systems allow the user to perform a low-to-middle-level process that includes LED or LCD display devices.

The real-time system is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 12% between 2018 and 2024. The system is designed to perform a group of instructions in real-time to achieve maximum efficiency of the product and optimize the productivity. The real-time embedded systems are classified into two types, soft and hard real-time systems used by enterprises as per the configurations of the devices.

Embedded Software Market, By Application

The manufacturing sector accounted for more than 23% in 2017. The growth is attributed to an increase in the demand for high power-efficiency by the manufacturers to reduce maintenance costs and complexity of the control system architecture. The integration of real-time systems into the existing machines allows the manufacturers to optimize the processing speed and improve the production quality by replacing the traditional machines that require manual inspection.

The automotive sector in embedded software market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 11% due to a rise in the demand for autonomous cars allowing the vendors to integrate complex embedded systems into Engine Control Unit (ECU) of the automobile. Some current trends of using such software in the automobile include cruise control, navigation systems, wiper controls, anti-lock brake controls, airbags, and tire pressure monitoring systems. Moreover, the use of these technologies allows manufacturers to reduce their operational cost by around 40%.

Embedded Software Market, By Region

North America accounted for the highest embedded software market share of more than 51% in 2017 due to the presence of key players of the market in this region. An increase in the number of startup companies offering innovative software solutions in the U.S. will help them continue their dominance.  Moreover, a rise in the adoption of special-purpose hardware using RTOS systems, such as Fusion RTOS, Windows CE, Lynx OS, and VxWorks, will augment the embedded software market share during the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness the highest market growth with a CAGR of more than 10% during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to an increase in the customization of consumer electronics and healthcare products. Several initiatives have been undertaken by the governments in developing countries such as India, Japan, and South Korea to strengthen their economic growth. For instance, under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the top 10 semiconductor companies have invested USD 1.5 billion in R&D activities in India to strengthen their market presence in this region.  

Competitive Market Share

The embedded software market is highly fragmented due to the presence of a large number of key players in the market. The top companies of the market accounted for approximately 60% of the market share in 2017. The key players operating in the 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.

The startups & SMEs focus on new product launches, partnerships and collaborations with key players to strengthen their presence in the embedded software market. In July 2018, Segger launched emPack, a complete operating system that supports all types of memory size i.e. 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers for both IoT and non-IoT systems. The software package includes embOS, emWin, emUSB-device, emUSB-Host, emSecure, emCrypt, and Segger IoT’s toolkit. The other major players go for mergers & acquisitions to obtain growth in the market and increase their dominance. In July 2018, Intel acquired eASIC Corporation, a semiconductor company based in the U.S. to provide customizable and affordable microcontrollers and silicon devices as per its business requirements.

Industry Background

Embedded Software Market Segmentation

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Embedded software is a rapidly evolving technology due to the cost-savings and efficient power consumption that it offers to the systems. The evolution of real-time systems enabled the businesses to build high-performance and low maintenance systems at profitable prices. It also reduces the development time and risks of product failure by monitoring the products on the real-time basis. The adoption of this software helped the manufacturers to decrease the deployment costs by around 40% by using modernized computing software over conventional Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and microprocessors. Ubiquitous computing is one of the major applications of embedded technology that allows the user to perform interconnected and communicating devices used on daily basis. Apple iCloud is one of the major applications of ubiquitous computing that integrates and maintains data across devices.

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