Once each year the TRON Association conducts a questionnaire-based survey on trends in real-time OS use in embedded systems, for reference in planning the future course of the ITRON subproject. Reported here are the results of the latest survey, carried out from late 1999 to early 2000. This time a survey on network use in home appliances was conducted along with the real-time OS survey.
Areas covered by the survey included the status of embedded system development, problems with a real-time OS and criteria used in selecting one, use of the ITRON-specification OS and user impressions of it, awareness of ITRON-related activities, and wishes for the project. Similar surveys have been conducted since 1996, making this the fourth time this particular survey has been carried out. As noted above, this time a survey on network use in home appliances was conducted at the same time.
The survey was conducted from November 1999 through January 2000.