Embedded software regional market overview: improvements

The embedded software market had a year of "transition" in 2003 from the previous two years’ "global economic challenges"—with general improvements likely to come—according to a Nov. 2004 Venture Development Corp.


The embedded software market had a year of "transition" in 2003 from the previous two years’ "global economic challenges"—with general improvements likely to come—according to a Nov. 2004 Venture Development Corp . (VDC) white paper, "The Embedded Software Strategic Market Intelligence Program 2004, Volume II: Regional Market Demand." VDC includes products (and related services) in four categories within its worldwide coverage of the embedded software market.

Product categories in the study are embedded operating systems, software development tools (such as compliers and debuggers), design automation tools, and test automation tools, explains Stephen Balacco, embedded software analyst at VDC. In 2003, VDC sized the overall embedded software market—consisting of commercially available products and related maintenance and support services, as well as professional services like design, development, and training—at $1.4 billion. Regionally, this breaks down into three segments:

  • Americas region ~ 51%;

  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) ~ 29%; and

  • Asia-Pacific ~20%.

Balacco estimates modest rise in the market for 2004 to about $1.5 billion. Over the longer term, through 2006, he sees relatively flat results, with the Americas generally up just slightly, EMEA flat to down, and Asia-Pacific growing.
Among other aspects of the study was a look at who most influences embedded software purchasing decisions. As might be expected there were regional differences in the results as shown in the following table:

Software purchase decision-makers for embedded projects by region
(% of study respondents)




Development engineers




Development managers




External customers








Source: Venture Development Corp .

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering, fbartos@reedbusiness.com

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