Archive for January, 2011

2010 Retrospective of Embedded Developer Choices and Market Trends


When we look at embedded developer’s issues – what they are doing, what issues are the most disconcerting to them in their embedded developments, and what we can take from changes that we have seen over the past several years – these stand out as emerging trends in an expanding embedded marketplace.


In summary:


  • There has been a shift in the RTOS marketplace from the traditionally powerful RTOSes (e.g., Integrity, VxWorks and LynxOS) to the smaller, highly efficient RTOSes (e.g., ThreadX, Micrium, Nucleus and MontaVista Linux).


  • Simulation-Modeling (e.g., Simulink, Rhapsody) tools are being used effectively in more designs, driven by code reuse, reporting of application software under conditions of changing of underlying hardware, and by the financial advantages that accrue.


  • Communication middleware use is changing from RYO to commercially available middleware (e.g., RTI) as the difficulties (and cost of maintenance) of network expansion proved unmanageable.


  • The use of testing tools is expanding in embedded applications including requirements and change management, validation and verification tools and static and dynamic testing. Companies such as LDRA are successfully integrating many of these tools into a single offering that is interoperable with DOORS and Rhapsody. EMF believes that integration with other tools sets – rather than stand alone tools – is the future.


  • The use of dual core and multicore processors for embedded designs is growing rapidly – notwithstanding the lack of excellent tools (particularly for symmetric multiprocessing). This need will create a new and substantial addition to the development tools marketplace.


It will be fascinating to analyze the results from the 2011 EMF Survey of Embedded Developers to see which trends continue, what markets appear to be in decline and whether new and important market insights appear.


As always, we welcome your comments and insights (

Comparing Embedded Design Outcomes With and Without Model-Based Design

Happy New Year to our readers

Jerry & Dolores Krasner


Announcing our first webinar of 2011 with The MathWorks All are welcome and will receive a complimentary copy of our report.


The landing pages for our webinar on Jan. 12th  2011 are now “live” on the website and collecting registrations:


9:00am session:


2:00pm session: