Living alongside smart devices has become a convenient and comfortable practice for all of us, but little do we realize the sophisticated performance that lies within. Embedded systems are sought after in almost every industry today as they vastly improve communication and connectivity with multiple devices and networks. Though many industries have suffered huge setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact has been neutral on the embedded systems market. According to a recent survey, Global Embedded Systems Market is estimated to reach $291.25 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period of 2019 to 2025. So what are the factors propelling the demand for such embedded systems? Here are five key drivers behind the boom:
1. Rising Demand for Hybrid Vehicles
Automatic transmission, anti-lock braking systems, keyless entry or security systems, and drift detection are examples of some applications controlled by embedded systems in a vehicle. However, recently, there is a growing demand for vehicles outfitted with car-to-road communication facilities and efficient navigation. Furthermore, shifting focus towards hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) to control emission is estimated to further fuel the embedded systems market growth.
2. Smart Consumer Electronics
Embedded systems have found their way into our everyday life through integration into various consumer electronics. Appliances such as home security systems, fridges, and ovens make use of embedded systems which aid in collecting user input, info regarding the functioning and modification of appliances, and controlling the appliance itself. This continued rise in demand for smart electronics is expected to drive the embedded systems market growth in the next five years.
3. Advancement of Healthcare Systems
Various equipment in the medical industry incorporates embedded systems. From scanning machines to imaging systems to sonography equipment, all machinery is built around and controlled by integrated networks. Even handheld and portable medical equipment used to monitor essential signs make wide use of embedded systems. All these advancements in healthcare are anticipated to propel the demand for embedded systems applications at a CAGR of 8.35% from 2016 to 2021.
4. Need for High Precision Military Devices
Embedded systems are incorporated across a plethora of military applications such as intelligence, communications, and reconnaissance. As military tech like UAVs moves beyond outdated surveillance methods, the demand for more processing power, secure communication, remote control, and I/O flexibility has increased. Companies such as ADL Embedded Solutions are geared towards building better, more powerful, and durable embedded systems that can be deployed onto the field, and this further facilitates the growth of the market.
5. Continued Expansion of IoT
Adoption and expansion of IoT and connected devices are on the rise across all industries worldwide. Countless vendors are making significant efforts to provide interoperability in a range of connected devices, gateways, entertainment systems, and smart homes. This has increased the demand for embedded computer boards such as SBCs, COMs, and stand-alone boards. Therefore, the rising demand for IoT devices is expected to foster the growth of the global embedded systems market.
With embedded systems becoming a significant part of our lives and being integrated across all applications, it’s safe to assume that the boom of the embedded systems market is here to stay.