ABI Research forecasts that 21 billion IoT devices will ship with embedded Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) by 2022, bringing along with it a number of new computing challenges.
IoT will rely, in part, on using embedded RTOS, which support many IoT application features, such as small size, constrained processing resources, low power consumption, limited maintenance and real-time computing.
“The tremendous expansion of the IoT revived the embedded RTOS market, with open source platforms springing up rapidly to jostle long-established proprietary players,” says Michela Menting, Research Director at ABI Research. “While industrial demand for RTOS has a decade-long history, the development of new IoT applications in other segments, such as consumer, digital home, connected car and smart cities, jolted demand for embedded RTOS.”
Supported by greater MCU capabilities and lowering price points, the embedded RTOS market is expanding rapidly. Many open-source operating systems are increasingly adding real-time capabilities to compete in this lucrative market. Currently, the embedded RTOS market is highly fragmented, with hundreds of different platforms available.
“RTOS shows immense promise in terms of flexibility and application for all kinds of new IoT markets,” concluded Menting. “Although, developers will need to tackle issues of interoperability and standardisation to realize its full potential.”