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What Do Engineers Look for in an Embedded OS?


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During this QuickCast, Jared Weiner, Analyst for VDC’s Embedded Software and Tools practice, discusses the key factors impacting the commercial market for embedded and real-time operating systems.

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What Do Engineers Look for in an Embedded OS?

  1. 1. Developers’ perspectives and expectations for embedded/real-time operating systems<br />MAY 2011<br />WEBCAST<br />Steve Balacco– Practice Director<br />Christopher Rommel– Senior Analyst<br />Jared Weiner – Analyst<br />What Do Engineers Look for in an Embedded OS?<br />
  2. 2. A full audio recording is available for download at:<br /><br />Recording Available<br />
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  14. 14. Today’s Speaker<br />Jared Weiner<br />Analyst, Embedded Software & Tools Practice<br />Jared supports all of the Embedded Software and Tools practice’s major research programs and is a contributor on custom research and consulting engagements. His work includes coverage of embedded operating systems, software development tools, modeling and test tools, and more. He has additional research experience in education and financial services. Jared received an MBA from Babson College in 2007, and graduated from Bentley College in 2002 with a BS in Information Design and Corporate Communication.<br />
  15. 15. Commercial OS Vendors Face Significant Challenges<br />~50% of devices shipped by respondents’ companies featured no formal OS or an in-house developed platform.<br />Why?<br />Device characteristics (size, requirements, etc)<br />Cost restrictions<br />Reliance on and/or reluctance to deviate from legacy software/systems<br />Opportunity for software suppliers to evangelize the benefits of commercial solutions.<br />Still, additional challenges remain<br />Public open source<br />Industry consortia (Android, GENIVI, etc.)<br />Semiconductor suppliers<br />No formal OS,31%<br />
  16. 16. Reliability, Real-Time Performance Driving OS Selection<br />Importance of Embedded Operating System Characteristics During OS Selection for Current Project<br />Small footprint vs. memory prices / availability<br />Note: Percentages sum to over 100% due to multiple responses; Respondents could select up to three criteria.<br />
  17. 17. Other Software Stack Components Required by Current Project<br />Interconnectivity Requirements of Embedded Devices Rising<br />Note: Percentages sum to over 100% due to multiple responses; Respondents could select up to three criteria.<br />
  18. 18. <ul><li>Repeat business from satisfied customers is likely.
  19. 19. Technical complications associated with switching vendors
  20. 20. Reluctance to dedicate time and effort toward evaluating alternatives
  21. 21. Vendor loyalty is not blind–dissatisfied engineers may switch for a number of reasons:
  22. 22. Price
  23. 23. Performance
  24. 24. Functionality
  25. 25. Support
  26. 26. Careful cultivation of customer relationships is key.</li></ul>OS Reselection Common Among Embedded Engineers<br />Don’t know,20%<br />
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  28. 28. Thank You for Attending this VDC Webcast<br />For more information please contact:<br />Stephen Balacco – Practice|508.653.9000x124<br />Christopher Rommel– Senior|508.653.9000 x123<br />Jared Weiner –|508.653.9000 x143<br />