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India’s stature in the Embedded Market

Jay Hiremath
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Jay Hiremath
Everywhere you turn, the prospects of embedded systems and their applications loom large. Though not visible out in the open, it’s for everybody to see in the form of products – whether consumer or commercial. It shows itself in the form of consumer electronics, high-end industrial products and defence products.

The reasons for these are primarily due to the rapid growth of semiconductor chips – every year, semiconductor devices become faster, cheaper and less power hungry. The silver lining is the fact that this high-end technology is being designed in India and the design houses over here are consciously moving up in the chain.

A projection made by the ISA and Frost & Sullivan in the year 2006, proclaimed that the Indian semiconductor and embedded design industry will grow from $3.25 billion in 2005 to $14.42 billion in 2010 and further to $43.07 billion in 2015. The Indian design organizations are moving beyond simple labor to becoming true contributors in product innovation. Many multinationals have already invested in new design operations in India or are in the process of expanding their current facilities. A recent Nasscom-Mckinsey study said that the domestic embedded systems market was geared to generate exports worth $10.25 billion by 2008.

Major trends
There are several trends that are emerging in the country driven by the demand in the market. Some of them are PoS devices, industrial automation equipment, state of the art consumer electronics amongst others. Medical equipment is another rapidly growing segment in India. These devices require speed, high-resolution imagery, reconstruction capability and high bandwidth. Reconstruction algorithms especially require a tremendous amount of processing power. Developers are moving toward standard IP building blocks.

One of the hottest trends in the embedded systems is the application of DSPs (digital signal processing). DSPs enable embedded systems to have a human interface in form of audio and video capabilities. Advances in the digital signal processing technologies are enabling widespread use of DSPs in a variety of digital multimedia and communication applications. High processing speeds, programmability and real-time performance make DSPs uniquely suited for these video, voice and data applications.

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