The embedded software industry has developed rapidly and has become an important part of the software system. Embedded system products are continually infiltrating into various industries. As a special software form included in these hardware products, embedded software continues to increase its industry growth, and its proportion in the entire software industry is increasing. In 2003, the global embedded software market reached 34.6 billion US dollars.
In 2003, the size of the Chinese market reached 18.8 billion yuan. It is expected that the scale of the embedded software market will exceed 40 billion yuan in 2006, and the compound growth rate will reach 30% in 2003-2006.
The huge demand for intelligent equipment in the new round of automotive, communications, information appliances, medical, military and other industries has driven the development of embedded software and systems. Unlike traditional general-purpose computer systems, embedded systems are targeted at specific application areas, tailored to application needs, and permeated into a wide range of industries with the general needs of intelligent products. With the continuous innovation of hardware technology, the processing power of hardware platforms has been continuously enhanced, and the hardware cost has been declining. Embedded software has become a key and driving technology for digital transformation and intelligent value-added of products.
SOC technology is a new milestone in the development of microelectronics technology, and has become the development trend of today's ultra-large-scale IC, providing the IC industry with an unprecedented broad market and rare development opportunities. The rapidly developing SOC industry has once again promoted the further integration of embedded software and hardware systems. Embedded software is its soul and core.