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VDC: embedded design automation tools market shrank in ’03

Apr 28, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Market researcher Venture Development Corp. (VDC) reports that in 2002 the overall embedded software market suffered one of its worst years on record, and that one of the hardest hit embedded software product categories was design automation tools (DATs).

The recently completed VDC study found that the DAT market, which includes tools for software modeling and dynamic system design, declined by over 12% in 2002, slipping to $363 million. However, VDC projects that the DAT market will return to growth in 2003, though the increase will not match the fast growth seen from 1998 to 2000.

Source: VDC Corp. Copyright © 2003; used with permission.

“The market for embedded design automation tools was hit by a number of factors in 2002 including a decline in the broader embedded market, over exposure to the telecom industry, reduced spending on discretionary software development tools, and ongoing ease-of-use concerns,” noted Chris Lanfear, director of VDC's Embedded Software Research Group. “That said, the long-term prospects for these tools look bright given the increasing time to market pressures that are being shouldered by embedded developers. DATs offer many tangible benefits in terms of coding efficiency, software quality and quantifiable ROI,” Lanfear added.

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