Embedded Linux puts pressure on Windows CE, VxWorks

Natick, MA—Worldwide shipments of embedded Linux operating systems, add-on components, and related services are expected to grow at a 22% compound annual growth rate from $65.2 million in 2003 to $118.5 million in 2006, according to Venture Development Corp. (VDC).


Natick, MA— Worldwide shipments of embedded Linux operating systems, add-on components, and related services are expected to grow at a 22% compound annual growth rate from $65.2 million in 2003 to $118.5 million in 2006, according to '2004 Embedded Software Strategic Market Intelligence Program' by Venture Development Corp. (VDC).

Based on VDC's end-user survey, embedded developers currently using Linux most frequently cited Microsoft's Windows CE/.NET, Wind River Systems' VxWorks, and proprietary in-house developed or no formal OSs as the operating system used for their previous project.

'In the past, consumer electronics and industrial automation devices were major markets for Windows CE.NET. However, we now see a trend toward use of embedded Linux in these devices,' says Stephen Balacco, VDC's analyst. 'In addition, we expect displacement of VxWorks will primarily be the result of telecom/datacom requirements, consolidating around carrier-grade Linux. As for users of in-house developed operating systems, migrating to Linux offers a middle-ground solution that offers a foundation for blending roll-your own and off-the-shelf that includes a combination of source code, control, and minimal licensing costs.'

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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