HealthTech Industry Update | Embedded systems and Medical Devices | Evolution and Market

Kurt Neubauer

Kurt Neubauer

Medical device technology such as embedded medical systems consist of hardware and software customised for specific functions in medical devices. These technologies allow patients’ health to be monitored and managed frequently each day. For example, sensors extract data on aspects of a patient’s health, such as their heart rate, and send the data to physicians wirelessly for analysis.

Embedded systems are specialized computing systems designed to perform specific tasks within larger electronic devices or systems. They are omnipresent in our daily lives, present in a wide range of applications such as consumer electronics, automotive systems, medical devices, industrial machinery, and more.

These systems are characterized by their compact size, low power consumption, and real-time operation. They typically consist of a microcontroller or microprocessor, memory, input/output interfaces, and various sensors or actuators. Embedded systems enable the seamless integration of technology into our surroundings, enhancing functionality and efficiency.

They play a crucial role in enabling smart and connected devices, automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT). As technology advances, embedded systems continue to evolve, driving innovation and shaping the future of various industries.

The Market Prognosis Highlights Embedded Systems

The Global Embedded System Market Size was valued at USD 156.35 billion in 2022.

The market is growing at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2023 to 2032

The global embedded system market is expected to reach USD 262.05 billion by 2032

Asia-Pacific is expected to grow the fastest during the forecast period

Medical Embedded Systems play more and more a key-role.

Market Overview

Driving Factors

The embedded system market is driven by several factors, including increasing demand for connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), the growing use of automation in various industries, and the need for real-time computing and control.

Additionally, the expansion of the automotive industry and the growing demand for smart home devices are also driving the growth of the embedded system market. The increasing adoption of wireless technologies and the need for enhanced security in embedded systems also contribute to market growth.

Furthermore, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is driving the development of more sophisticated embedded systems that can support these technologies. The emergence of new technologies, such as 5G, also presents opportunities for growth in the embedded system market, as these systems will need to support these technologies and operate in real time.

Restraining Factors

The embedded system market faces certain restraints that can hinder its growth. These include the complexity and cost of development, as creating embedded systems requires specialized skills and resources.

Additionally, the market is highly fragmented, with a wide variety of hardware and software platforms, making interoperability and standardization challenges.

The limited processing power and memory capacity of embedded systems can also pose limitations on the functionality and performance they can deliver.

Moreover, concerns related to security and privacy can impede the widespread adoption of embedded systems.

Lastly, the lifecycle of embedded systems is often long, leading to slower technology refresh cycles and potential compatibility issues with newer technologies.

Market Segments

Embedded System Components

  • Hardware
  • Software

On the basis of the component, the global embedded system market is segmented into hardware and software.

The hardware segment is dominating with the largest market share in 2022, this dominance can be attributed to the crucial role hardware components play in the functioning of embedded systems. Hardware components include microcontrollers, microprocessors, sensors, memory devices, and other electronic components that form the core of embedded systems.

These components are essential for processing, storing, and interacting with data, enabling the embedded system to perform its intended functions.

Embedded System Functions

  • Standalone system
  • Real-time system
  • Network system
  • Mobile system

The hardware segment’s dominance is further driven by the continuous advancements in semiconductor technology, leading to more powerful and efficient hardware solutions.

Medical device technology

Medical device technology and embedded solutions are essential for the medical device industry.

Examples of applications of embedded systems in the medical field include imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), defibrillators, blood pressure monitoring devices, digital flow sensors, foetal heart monitoring machines, and wearable devices.

Embedded technology suppliers for medical devices

Medical Device Network has listed leading embedded technology suppliers, based on its intel, insights, and experience in the sector. The list features specialists in customised embedded boards and industrial platforms, semiconductor solutions for medical applications, printed circuit boards for the medical market, and other solutions.

Main TIER1/TIER2 Players:

  • Intel Corporation
  • Renesas Electronics
  • Texas Instruments Inc.
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Cypress Semiconductors
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Analog Devices Inc.
  • Microchip Technology Inc.
  • STMicroelectronics N.V.
  • Samsung Electronics
  • On Semiconductor
  • Toshiba Corporation

Medical grade embedded technologies

Embedded systems generally incorporate an operating system and a processor to allow them to react in real-time with limited resources, especially in highly critical situations. 

These systems include microprocessors, digital signal processors (DSP) or converter microcontrollers, memory for data storage, sensors, actuators, and other interfaces.

Medical grade embedded technologies are constantly being updated to reduce their size, increase their processing power, and incorporate programmed automatic technologies to provide improved treatments and medications for patients.

Embedding medical systems with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Medical systems with embedded Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities can help address shortages of doctors in remote locations. These systems’ operating system interfaces and high-speed processors can expedite diagnosis and treatment times for patients.

Embedded IoT medical devices can be connected to various hardware items and store patients’ data on the cloud to be analysed and used by clinicians, whenever necessary.

Other Embedded System Applications

Based on the application, the global embedded system market is segmented.

  • Automotive
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Media & entertainment
  • Military & Defense
  • Telecom

 North America and Embedded Systems

Based on region, North America is the largest market for embedded systems, accounting for the highest share of the global market. The region’s dominance can be attributed to several factors, including the presence of established players, a high level of technological advancement, and the growing demand for connected devices and IoT applications.

The region has a strong focus on research and development, with significant investments in developing new technologies and expanding the application of existing ones.

Additionally, the region has a high level of consumer spending on healthtech, electronics and home automation, which further drives the demand for embedded systems.

Key Target Audience

  • Market Players
  • Investors
  • End-Users
  • Government Authorities
  • Consulting and Research Firm
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Value-Added Resellers (VARs)


Overall, the Embedded System Market is expected to continue to grow as technology advances and new applications for embedded systems emerge.

Medical device technology and embedded solutions are essential for the medical device industry.

Overall, the combination of factors positions North America as a dominant market for embedded systems and is expected to continue to drive growth in the coming years.

If you want to get more insight have a look at the Article of Medical Device Network:

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