A leading beneficiary of the rapid growth of the IoT will be the overall embedded systems market including providers of hardware, software, and operating systems.
An embedded system is a computer system designed for specific control functions within a larger system, often with real-time computing constraints. It is embedded as part of a complete device often including hardware and mechanical parts. By contrast, a general-purpose computer, such as a personal computer (PC), is designed to be flexible and to meet a wide range of end-user needs.
Embedded systems are the cornerstone for the deployment of many IoT solutions, especially within certain industry verticals and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.
Embedded systems are critical in many industries and are found in large stationary installations (traffic lights, factory controllers, MRI machine, automobiles, etc.) as well as many modern consumer electronics and appliances such as watches, cell phones, microwaves, security systems, video entertainment systems (DVD player, console, set-top box), and more.