Saturday, September 30, 2006

Embedded Boards Review – ESC Boston 2006

The Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2006 was well attended for what we have come to expect from the Boston show. Many vendors that VDC met believed the quality of the show was up and show organizers indicated that both registration and attendance were up. Exhibitors said that meetings and discussions were leading to serious talks and actionable ideas about how their products could be built into systems. Attitudes seemed upbeat and it seems not only the show, but the embedded space as a whole, are generating some momentum.

VDC believes that a key reason for this success and the increasing activity of people in the aisle ready to find new products has in large part to do with RoHS. RoHS has led to pent-up demand in the market that is now being released. When RoHS was first announced, it was not clear what would happen with the directive. The market was not sure if it was for real or if it was something that would fall by the wayside. It is known by now that it is in fact very real and will not go away. Even though this has been evident for some time now, people were skeptical about the first products that would be RoHS-compliant.

For RoHS these were very real concerns due to the tin whisker problems associated with lead-free solders and other durability concerns. For these reasons, it is likely that many people who knew they had a new product development or launch coming up in the timeframe of the launch of RoHS delayed these to avoid falling prey to the pitfalls of being a first adopter. Now the many RoHS-compliant product releases that have come leading up to the July 1, 2006 deadline are alleviating fears to a certain degree. They are beginning to buy components again to launch their own development efforts that had been delayed while they waited to see what would happen with RoHS. VDC believes this was partly responsible for some of the action at the ESC Boston show this year.



Ampro Computers – The PC/104 stackables and embedded motherboards specialists had the first EPIC Express board at their booth that VDC have seen. It was also the only EPIC Express board on the show floor. We have all known that EPIC Express was coming for some time and many vendors are scrambling to soon release these products, however it appears that Ampro will be one of the first to market with a product. This begins a new generation of innovation for Ampro as they look to be technology leaders with other upcoming solutions such as PC/104 Express.


It’s about time that a vendor had an exciting demo that peaked the crowd’s interest on a grand scale. This year the clear winner in the best demo category was Sun Microsystems with its large model race track, complete with dueling race cars speeding around the track. We’re sure this was a strong attraction to Sun’s Java exhibit.


The notable absences from the show on the embedded hardware side of things were Motorola Embedded Communications Computing (MECC), Radisys, Trenton Technology, Diversified Technology, and Performance Technologies, who did not have booths in the exhibition. As a side note, on the software side many people were talking about Wind River’s absence from the show.


VersaLogic had on display the first COM (Computer-On-Module) on an embedded motherboard that we’ve ever seen. A COM for active backplanes (motherboards) is a product that we have expected to see for quite some time now – from anybody. It looks like it will be a successful product for them, giving customers many options to switch in and out different processors without having to buy an entirely new motherboard.

Intel made an announcement during the show that they will be extending the life-cycle support for the Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 and T7400 processors for embedded applications to 5 to 7 years. This is aimed at meeting the unique requirements of embedded customers.

AMD was at the show with the message that they intend to place a greater focus on the embedded market moving forward. Similar claims have been made in the past and only time will tell if this really happens, but it appears that AMD’s intentions are genuine. AMD can now offer very real advantages to embedded customers with low-power processors and the ability to integrate video onto chipsets.

VIA Technologies announced the release of an HDTV ready chipset for the embedded market at the show. The chipset is for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms and it integrates graphics, audio, memory, storage, and HDTV support all in a single chip design. It appears that the processor and chipset supplier will be targeting the embedded market with integrated products such as their Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX motherboards that offer customers an entire integrated board, processor, and chipset solution.

Advantech is making a push toward integrated embedded computer systems by leveraging their knowledge and expertise in boards to build quality integrated systems around their many board offerings. They were trumpeting their ARK systems as well as a new system that can be used to support high-def graphics on a variety of screens. A major application of this platform will be to put high-definition advertising up on a flat screen display or television. It seems that there would be high demand for such products from store owners and retailers who want to distribute information around their stores or to advertise in-store.

Digital-Logic is well on their way in developing a PC/104 Express standard. We have heard from the industry that there are a few stumbling blocks currently in the way that have been realized as a result of what has been done with the EPIC Express standard, but Digital-Logic seemed upbeat about the prospects for a standard in the not-too-distant future.

Win Enterprises displayed an interesting IP PBX 1U off-the-shelf platform called WIN CAP (Converged Application Platform). This product provides a cost-effective, scalable, and simple-to-use IP PBX platform that customers can use to also take advantage of a reduced time-to-market as compared to developing a proprietary system from scratch.

The small venture-backed start-up CorEdge Networks was featured in CMP’s Disruption Zone, covering companies with technology or business plans/models disruptive to the embedded market. CorEdge Networks is offering their proprietary Bit Stream Processor chip-level hardware and software technology on AMC cards that allows for networking applications to operate at 10Gbps. This firm is focused on the AMC and µTCA segment to distribute their IP, which is in their ASICs.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Embedded Systems Bulletin – September 2006

VDC attended the 2006 Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week. This bulletin presents a summary of the event.

Embedded Systems Conference – Boston 2006

With several of the leading embedded software vendors again taking a pass on exhibiting, this year’s ESC Boston show played out as most anticipated. The Boston show in some ways has established itself as the lesser of the two annual ESC events; however, most attendees and exhibitors seemed satisfied to get about what they expected out of the week. There was a mixed reaction from most vendors on traffic, but more exhibitors than not commented that the quality of the leads from the show exceeded previous years, as well as in some cases, the ESC/San Jose conference held earlier this year.


Best of Show

Telelogic/I-Logix – The makers of Rhapsody have done it again with the release of 7.0. The latest version of the company’s model driven development environment is a testament to the company’s relentless determination to improve their product and drive innovation in the tools market. One of the most interesting new features is a new integration with the The MathWorks’ widely popular Simulink tool suite. Developers can now import Simulink modeling blocks into the Rhapsody environment, enabling them to accomplish tasks previously requiring manual interfaces between the two. With a number of other improvements such as features that allow developers to work in a more “code centric” environment and new add-ons enabling enhanced mechanisms for code reuse, the company continues to establish itself as a clear market leader in embedded model driven development. For more information visit:

Best Demo

It’s about time a vendor had an exciting demo that entertained conference attendees on a grand scale. This year the clear winner in the best demo category was Sun Microsystems with its large model race track complete with dueling race cars speeding around the track. We’re sure this was a strong attraction to Sun’s Java exhibit.

Key Announcement

With well-placed banners and a clear message, Mentor Graphics announced that they would be reducing the price of their EDGE development tools to $2,995 per seat. The announcement should be seen as a clear indication of the pricing pressure that may continue to impact the market going forward. With its corporate strength residing in the EDA market and a history of not hesitating to aggressively compete on price in other instances, VDC believes that other vendors in the market should not fail to take note of Mentor Graphics’ latest movements. In dropping the price of its EDGE development tools, the company is clearly throwing down a challenge to other commercial vendors to justify charging more for their operating systems and tools and demonstrate the additional value they can provide. The company complemented this significant announcement with additional improvements to its Nucleus operating system and a key partnership with STMicroelectronics and the Nomadik product line. VDC expects this partnership to further support Mentor Graphics’ push into the application processor segment of the mobile phone market, where the company already has dominance around the requirement for baseband processor operating systems.

Ensuing Pricing Battles in the Operating System and Development Tools Market

Mentor Graphics’ announcement was part of a larger theme VDC observed at the show. It is increasingly clear that many suppliers are determined to offer quality, commercial-grade development tools at significantly lower per seat prices. These efforts are rapidly shifting the value of software solutions higher up the stack. Consequently, leading vendors are pushing to deliver solutions to market that provide a much broader level of value than before, in order to effectively compete for high-end customers and encourage embedded systems manufacturers to standardize on their software solutions.


ENEA announced version 2.0 of its Element High Availability middleware product that uses Enea’s LINX communications services and supports a number of Linux operating systems and AdvancedTCA systems. The company also revealed an Eclispe-based IDE to support its OSE RTOS called Optima starting at $3,000 per seat.

Green Hills Software demonstrated its commitment to bringing more function into its MULTI tool chain with the introduction of MULTI 5.0. The release included a major upgrade to TimeMachine, a source code analyzer called DoubleCheck, a distributed project builder, and a high-speed system simulation tool. The company also announced a new version of its GHNet TCP/IP networking software and the availability of SuperTrace probe and TimeMachine for Freescale’s ColdFire microcontrollers.

After celebrating a 10 year anniversary, Express Logic announced ThreadX RTOS support for Tensilica’s Diamond Standard and Xtensa processor cores. Marketing VP John Carbone also participated in a “No BS” panel discussion on the use of Linux in real-time and embedded systems. The premise of the panel was based in part on recent research findings from CMP that the use of Linux in the embedded market is on the decline (research that contradicts VDC’s latest findings).

IBM Rational was also in attendance with demonstrations of its new Eclispe-based Rational Systems Developer product released early this year. The software modeling leader continues to highlight its focus on the systems market and the benefits of an integrated set of life-cycle management tools.

LynuxWorks announced that Dr. Inder M. Singh has assumed the role of company chairman, with Gurjot Singh replacing him as CEO and president. In addition, LynuxWorks made several other announcements at the show including the release of LynxOS-SE, a new partitioned real-time operating system based on the LynxOS-178 product line. The new product offers POSIX and ARINC compliance and an ability to run Linux applications in safety-critical applications. Lynuxworks also noted complete support for Xilinx 32-bit processors with its LynxOS product and announced that RTI’s Data Distribution Service middleware would be ported to the new LynxOS-SE product.

RTI also had a number of announcements including the release of the RTI Data Distribution Service version 4.1 with enhanced messaging QoS and the introduction of its own tool suite called the RTI Developer Platform. The company also announced a partnership with up-and-coming modeling tools vendor Sparx Systems, an emerging provider at the low end of the market.

In addition to announcing its platform partnership with Wind River Systems and one of its recent design wins in the industrial automation market, Aonix announced ObjectAda Real-Time RAVEN’s availability for SYSGO AG’s PikeOS product, which also uses software partitioning to enable safety-critical certification and the introduction of Linux applications.

This year, VDC and Adams Capital Management sponsored CMP’S “The Disruption Zone,” a group of companies with the potential to “propel the next big leap forward in the embedded market.” In addition to grouping these companies in a single location on the exhibit floor, the area featured an event where these suppliers could discuss the details of the unique opportunities that their products offer.

Encirq, participating as one of the nine identified Disruption Zone companies, announced the release of DeviceSQL 3.0. Virtutech, the supplier of full system simulation development tools aimed at accurately simulating hardware to enabling better software and systems development, was also attended as member. Other Disruption Zone members included CorEdge Networks, Enpirion, SecureRF, Sensor Platforms, Quantum Leaps, Quickfilter Technologies, and UltraCell.

The Embedded Business Group of Hitachi America announced the launch of Entier, a new relational database management system for embedded devices. The small footprint database (less than 1MB) offers advanced spatial, contextual and incremental text search capabilities. The solution is particularly suited to address the GPS navigation, set top box, and mobile phone markets, but the company also expects to serve additional markets going forward.

McObject announced a partnership with eCosCentric where McObject has ported its eXtremeDB in-memory embedded database to the eCosPro developers’ kit for the eCos open source RTOS. In addition, the company announced the availability of Perst Lite, a micro-footprint version of the Perst open source, object oriented embedded database.

MaCraigor Systems announced the availability of usb2sprite, the companies USB 2.0 interface product, for Coldfire and DSP 56300 processors and the now company has support for these microprocessors within its GNU toolset, with sample configurations for standard evaluation boards.

Grammatech, the provider of code analysis tools, released CodeSonar 2.0 with added C++ support and the ability to analysis source code larger than a million lines of code. The company also signed agreements with UK-based Scientific Computers and MDS Technology of Korea to distribute its technologies abroad.

Microcross announced that they had entered into an integration/distribution agreement with TrollTech to integrate and resell Qtopia along with its own Linux-oriented GNU X-Tools product.

Other embedded systems vendors also in attendance at the show were American Arium, Ardence, Carbon Design Systems, Coverity, Ember, IAR Systems, IBM Rational, Keil (an ARM company), Lauterbach, Klocwork, LDRA, Microcross, MKS, Perforce, Polyspace, Sophia Systems, Quadros, and others.

Monday, September 25, 2006

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Continues Full-Out Assault on Military Embedded Market with Plan to Purchase Radstone Technology

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), announced on Friday that it has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Radstone Technology, PLC (London Stock Exchange: RST) for a total consideration worth approximately £130.4 million pounds (approx. US$ 247.8 million). The deal has sixty days from the filing of the paperwork to officially close. This comes after GE Fanuc Embedded’s acquisitions of SBS Technologies and Condor Engineering in March of this year.

1. Why does the timing of this deal make sense for GE Fanuc Embedded Systems & Radstone?
2. How should we evaluate this transaction?
3. What does the deal mean for the competition?

Why Does the Timing of This Deal Make Sense for GE Fanuc Embedded and Radstone?

• Segmentation Growth Through Acquisition – This agreement to purchase Radstone Technology is in line with the strategy that GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has followed in the embedded systems market since the inception of the group with GE Fanuc. This strategy has been to increase the firm’s product portfolio and market share through the aggregation of niche players. The Embedded Systems unit of GE Fanuc was born through the acquisition and merger of three embedded computing companies – VMIC, RAMiX, and Computer Dynamics, with the VMiC Huntsville, AL office becoming the home office. In March of 2006 the business unit continued down this path with the purchases of Condor Engineering and SBS Technologies. Following this round of consolidation the headquarters of the GE Fanuc Embedded Systems business unit moved to the Albuquerque, NM office of SBS, where it currently resides. The plan to purchase Radstone Technology, the high-end conduction cooled VME boards specialist, is just the latest niche player acquisition by GE Fanuc Embedded Systems in a broader effort by the firm to grow the firms product portfolio, particularly focused on growing in the Embedded COTS Military/Aerospace market.

• A Good Time to Sell – Word was widespread that Radstone Technology was in play. A glance at the firm’s financial position makes this pretty obvious. The firm had two years of double digit growth in a row, growing 14% from fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2005 and 10% from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2006. In 2004 and 2005 the firm showed strong operating margin at 17.8% and 19.0%. The embedded COTS market had averaged roughly 6% growth from 2004 to 2006, so Radstone was beating the market, while also showing strong profits. This made it a great time for Radstone to sell in a hot defense/military market full of potential suitors looking to acquire a new piece of the market.

Given Eurotech’s failed effort to acquire Radstone Technology only a week before GEFE, it would appear that there may have been a mad rush to grab what was an available, sizeable, and desirable niche military COTS embedded company. This market is so fragmented that sometimes the only way to make any order of it and to retain steady market share is to do a tiny piece of the market better than anybody else.

How Should We Evaluate This Transaction?

VDC believes that this deal fits neatly within the GE Fanuc Embedded model: growth through acquisition. With Radstone, GE Fanuc Embedded has filled out its line card in a core product offering, gained access to additional smaller lines, and likely found itself a few dozen additional defense programs to manage and leverage. We think that Radstone and the larger GE Fanuc Embedded business will continue to grow in the near term, throughout the integration transition, and likely beyond.

However, there are a number of questions that remain for us:

1. Assuming (a) certain cost reductions and efficiencies were part of the deal justification, and (b) Radstone’s business is as personality and relationship driven as the rest of the embedded COTs market, how will GEFE meet the productivity goals without eroding some of the most valuable parts of the deal?
2. How will GEFE market, sell and support its growing business of COTs products – as each of the recent acquisitions is built on differing go-to-market strategies?
3. Will GEFE be able to stitch all of these businesses together technically as well as commercially?

VDC believes that the integration of valuable components into higher-value-added subsystems could be an even more significant opportunity – the whole may be a more valuable proposition than the sum of the parts.

Can GEFE position itself as a leading supplier of merchant embedded computing/ communications/control/ countermeasures (EC4) to defense mezzanines? Primes? And what of the larger industrial and commercial market segment opportunities such as IP telephony and instrumentation?

Will software – middleware, utilities, horizontal embedded applications, etc – be part of the GEFE strategy? Our market analysis continues to suggest that higher-level system management, including high availability (HA) support – will be a source of pressure and tension for companies focused on providing discrete hardware platforms.

We like the deal. We are optimistic about the role GEFE might play in the COTs and larger embedded market. We do have questions about where this business ends up.

What Does This Mean for the Competition?

In terms of the overall market for embedded COTS Systems in military applications this is a somewhat small transaction because the market is so broad and wide open. Especially given that there is an increasing amount of participation of the Prime Defense Contractors in this market, weather this be outside sales or just sales to another business unit within the parent company. The market is also flooded with large systems integrators such as HP and Dell as well as large embedded suppliers like Motorola Embedded Communications Computing who do not super actively participate in the military COTS market, but will occasionally supply a custom military product slap a part number on it, put it up on their website, and call it COTS. For these big boys, especially the Primes and the large Systems Integrators this deal may seem somewhat insignificant.

However, this deal does have major implications for the traditional embedded military COTS systems suppliers, these companies often sell to the Prime Defense Contractors Mercury Computer Systems and Curtiss Controls. Theses two companies have in the past been the leaders of this market.

In the recent past, the military embedded market is no stranger to consolidation, as evidenced by the many recent acquisitions by Curtiss Wright Controls and Mercury Computer Systems as well as GEFE’s previous moves into the market.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is certainly not buying the market or becoming the first 900 lb gorilla among the niche focused on the embedded military marketplace and selling to the Primes. More to the point, the company has now made itself a more formidable competitor to embedded COTS industry mainstays such as Curtiss Wright Controls and Mercury Computer Systems. Curtiss Wright and Mercury remain the niche leaders for the time being and have set the standard that GEFE is now better positioned to meet. By no means will GEFE now be able to easily win out over the competition; the firm will be in a tough battle with Curtiss Wright and Mercury. We should also not forget that at first anyways, GEFE will be slightly hindered by the integration efforts that it will take for them to combine all of their recent acquisitions into one unit. This should be roughly a one-year effort that will be a slight hindrance and one that will not be faced during the same period by their competitors. There is no reason to believe that at this time the embedded COTS market niche that these three firms compete in can not support all three, along with the many, many other even smaller niche players such as Aitech, Spectrum Signal Processing, and Octagon Systems who are all the experts at what they do.

An interesting development to track as a result of this purchase is the activity of private equity in the market. When Eurotech was not able to acquire Radstone outright, they began a hostile takeover and purchased 15% of Radstone, which means that GEFE will now have to buy back those shares at a gain of a couple million dollars for Eurotech. The embedded market was one where private equity was already ticking up, and when they realize the money Eurotech was able to extract in a very short period of time, it will most likely advance the desires of private equity in the market.

Look for more industry consolidation to occur in the future. With Eurotech losing Radstone to GEFE, look for them to make a move if they really want to bolster their current holdings of Parvus and Arcom in the embedded military market. If the right opportunity appears, Curtiss Wright could go on a buying spree again as well. With involvement of the Prime Defense Contractors in this market and the segmented nature of the embedded COTS military market which has created literally hundreds of firms selling embedded COTS products of some sort, the window of opportunity for acquisitions is never closed.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Growing Software Code Base Offers Greater Role for Application

The following arcticle was featured on VDC's website this week:

Software engineering continues to emerge as an increasingly important part of the embedded development process. The complexity of the software development process and the amount of software code per device are growing. As a result, the need to effectively manage device software over the course of the product life cycle, as well as across a company’s product portfolio, is also increasing. At the same time, the majority of embedded device manufacturers are still managing their software using informal methods.

For these reasons, Venture Development Corporation (VDC) sees an emerging role for application life-cycle management (ALM) tools in the embedded development space. VDC defines ALM tools as part of one or more of the following types of software:

Requirements Management Tools – These tools provide the ability to define and organize project requirements and compare/track the fulfillment of these requirements within software.

Source/Change/Configuration Management Tools – These tools systematically organize revisions and changes to software, allowing developers to manage and trace the configuration of the software over time.

Software Modeling or Model Driven Development Tools – These tools allow developers to represent software visually or at a point of organization above the source code level to model software.

Automated Testing Tools – These tools allow engineers to systematically test their software.

Project/Portfolio/Asset/Document Management Tools – These tools help to manage project scheduling, documentation, and resource allocation.

In the IT space, the value of commercial tools of these types, provided by companies such as Borland and IBM/Rational, is commonly granted. However, within the embedded space, historically smaller code bases, smaller teams, and a greater focus on the hardware has resulted in the use of more informal methods of accomplishing these tasks. Some exceptions to this rule have been in the military/aerospace, automotive, and medical device markets where average project lengths are substantially longer and the quality of the code has implications for the safety of these devices. However, within other embedded markets, the growing significance of software (VDC estimates that lines of software code per embedded project are growing at an average rate of 46% per year) is also impacting the way device manufacturers are thinking about the need for more robust ALM tools.

Over the last several years, VDC’s surveys of embedded developers have noted some interesting findings on the current use of ALM tools. Some key issues include:

• Within the embedded market, engineers using informal requirements management solutions outnumber those using formal tools. In VDC’s most recent survey of embedded developers, more than 31% reported using informal means (such as MS Word and MS Excel) to track requirements, while approximately 12% indicated that they used a formal requirements management solution.

• A majority of embedded developers are using open source and in-house source/change/configuration (SCC) management tools rather than those from commercial suppliers. With these solutions used in nearly two-thirds of embedded development projects, SCC management tools are among the most widely used type of ALM tool, and are one of the most firmly engrained technologies as a result of their longer heritage.

• Significant numbers of developers expect to be using model driven development methodologies, such as UML (Universal Modeling Language), in the future. In VDC’s most recent study on the embedded market, nearly twice the number of developers indicated that they expect to be using UML within two years as compared to those reporting that they currently use this type of model-based development approach.

• VDC believes that most developers see the value of a tightly integrated set of ALM tools. However, there is less consensus regarding the degree of efficiency that this type of integration enables, and whether the potential gains outweigh the costs of solution integration, current tool investment, and staff retraining.

• Roughly 44% of embedded developers are currently using project management tools. A majority of embedded developers using a project management solution use Microsoft Project.

As the need for ALM tools increases, one of the key questions is what the implications are for commercial suppliers of these tools. In key markets such as military/aerospace, there is already real demand for a sophisticated and integrated set of ALM solutions, and companies are very aware of these requirements in terms of tools budgeting and planning. In other market sectors (such as the growing consumer electronics industry) it is less clear that companies are willing to spend significant amounts on commercial ALM tools, in lieu of finding cheaper alternatives.

Development tools vendors must continue to improve their solutions and support greater integration with leading tools in the ALM suite. Meanwhile, embedded developers and device companies should consider the adoption of more robust software management tools and practices, in order to limit the additional effort required to cope with their growing code bases. VDC believes that whether they are built in-house, obtained from a commercial supplier, or acquired from the open source community, ALM tools will play an ever-important role in assisting developers to effectively manage their software, control costs, and deliver products to market in a timely manner.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Competitive Forces on Multiple Fronts Continue to Place Pressure on Pure Play Unbundled Embedded Software Development Tools Suppliers

Recently published research by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) confirms that the market for pure play unbundled software development tools continues to be influenced by the viability and penetration of open source tools, the migration to commercial operating systems, and the efforts from vendors in many adjacent markets to bring more comprehensive, integrated solutions to their customers. VDC defines pure play unbundled (or standalone) software development tools as compilers, debuggers, graphical user interfaces, and other related tools sold separately from the operating system or other products.

VDC continues to see the market impacted by the effort of all participants within the embedded systems market to deliver added value and provide customers with bundled development tools that are more tightly integrated with their own core offerings.

VDC’s recently released study on the software development tools market (which includes other categories like semiconductor IP and debugging hardware interfaces) predicts moderate growth through 2008. However, its research indicates that the segment specifically attributed to pure play unbundled software development tools is expected to grow at a combined annual rate of only 0.6% per year, due in large part to competitive pressures and the continued migration of leading operating system vendors to the bundled tools market.

“The market for embedded stand-alone software development tools continues to demonstrate significant transformation, as current market participants have adapted to customer demands, and complementary solution providers continue to offer alternatives to the use of stand-alone environments,” according to Matt Volckmann, Senior Analyst within VDC’s Embedded Software Practice.

VDC expects that only those vendors that are flexible enough to adapt to new market demands will ultimately survive these effects. “Embedded software development tool suppliers will continue to be pushed by the market to provide complete solutions that span the embedded development lifecycle,” says Volckmann. “VDC anticipates that vendors without a distinctive value proposition or a clear strategy for migrating and integrating with other parts of the embedded device development process will find more limited opportunities going forward.”

VDC has observed this trend for some time within the embedded development tools market.In 2002, VDC wrote a piece entitled “Last One out Turn off the Lights” in reference to the number of stand-alone tools suppliers migrating to other market segments or being acquired by operating system, semiconductor, and EDA vendors. Today, the vendors that remain within the unbundled tools market face even greater competition from these and other areas of the embedded software landscape. The advancement of open software is also playing a critical role in defining the changing dynamics of the market.

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