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The Future of the Embedded OS Looks a Lot Like a Chameleon


What do embedded system developers and chameleons have in common?

A lot more than you may think.

Chameleons have learned to adapt as they face new challenges in their environments. A change of color can protect them from surrounding predators, regulate their body temperature, or help them communicate with other chameleons.

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Similarly, embedded system developers need to adapt to thrive in a changing landscape of new technologies and increased device connectivity. They are required to add more functionality into applications to keep up — which adds to the complexity of managing and updating fixed-function devices, appliances, and other hardware over a product lifecycle. Software developers are also challenged to bring products to market more quickly and securely, at a lower cost.

As interconnected devices and systems continue to become more pervasive, Transparency Market Research projects the global revenue growth for embedded systems to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2015 to 2021. This market is expected to reach US$233.19 bn by the end of 2021.

Linux Leads the Way

Embedded Linux operating systems are an increasingly popular and trusted way for embedded systems developers to innovate and adapt to fill the needs of rapidly evolving market requirements.

Over time, Linux distributors have optimized versions of the open source kernel to meet embedded developers’ ever-changing needs. SUSE Linux flexes to fit a wide range of embedded development projects for workloads and applications that span an array of industries that leverage architectures like ARM64 and x86.

More embedded system developers are choosing embedded operating systems from SUSE to overcome their key development and design challenges, while leveraging SUSE experts to ease the time consumed by system management and maintenance. Proven and trusted, the optimized system footprint running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server lets developers simplify the development process and bring products to market faster and more securely — allowing them to adapt to their surroundings like the chameleon.

How do you plan to adapt to the requirements of your next embedded development project?

Learn how Teradata adapted by replacing MP-RAS and Windows with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to reduce costs and provide better, faster service to their customers.

Then check out our video on the future of the embedded market.

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