Evolving end-user expectations for differentiated software functionality, sustained time-to-market, and cost pressures continue to fuel new software development within embedded devices. Time-to-market and cost considerations will continue to drive embedded systems manufacturers to utilize international engineering resources and legacy code assets whenever efficient and economical. The rising complexity of the associated design requirements and software code bases will force more manufacturers to consider new testing methodologies and tools in order to adequately assess software quality and deliver reliable products to market as quickly as possible.
The medical device industry, in particular, presents an intriguing paradigm within the embedded engineering landscape where many of the overarching trends affecting the broader embedded domain are magnified and accelerated. The unparalleled predicated rate of software code growth within these devices is juxtaposed to development teams that are smaller and have fewer software and test engineers as a percent of team size than those within other embedded device industries.