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WORLD SUBLAPTOP COMPUTER SALES TO GROW 8 TIMES BY 1999; PACED BY MOBILITY DEMANDS, PEN TECHNOLOGY

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Spurred by worldwide demands for increased workforce mobility, global sales of sublaptop computers and peripherals will mushroom, growing by more than eight times from $8 billion in 1992 to nearly $70 billion by 1999 at a 37 percent compound annual rate, projects a new study just released by Frost & Sullivan.
 Pen computers that allow user input with a pen-like stylus instead of a keyboard will grow most rapidly, at a 68 percent compound annual rate, rising from 4 percent of the total worldwide sublaptop market in 1992 to 16 percent by 199 while notebooks remain the market's dominant presence, accounting for some two thirds of sublaptop revenues throughout the decade, forecasts the report, "World Pen, Palmtop and Notebook Computer and Peripheral Market: Solid Profits in Accessories, But Will PDA's Follow?"
 Europe and the Pacific Rim will pace worldwide growth in sublaptop purchases, with Europe's share of sales rising from 26 percent in 1992 to 30 percent of the global total by 1999, and the Pacific Rim region increasing its share from 25 to 29 percent in the same period. By the end of the decade, each region will be approaching the size of the U.S. market, forecast to decline as a share of worldwide sublaptop sales from 41 percent in 1992, to 32 by 1999.
 Pen technology is working its way into the mass market through incorporation into a proliferating variety of products. Hybrid pen tablet/notebook computers bundled with pen-based PIM (personal information management) software offer an introduction to pen technology for notebook users. Palmtop computers like Sharp's Wizard offer the ability to input data either with a stylus or keyboard. Emerging personal digital assistants (PDAs) spotlight pen software applications, as well as communications features.
 Notebook computers will increasingly be purchased for desktop use by small businesses and home offices. Continuing strong notebook demand will fuel sales for many peripheral products. Portable hard drives have addressed needs for increased mobile storage capabilities. Notebooks bundled with graphic user interfaces (GUIs) have driven a growing market for portable pointing devices needed to navigate through such software. Printer vendors have developed small, reliable high-quality portables for use with notebooks. Manufacturers now produce small pocket modems, faxes and fax/modems for mobile connectivity.
 Portable pointing devices will lead peripherals growth, due to increased use of GUIs like Microsoft Windows, commonly bundled with notebooks, which require use of a "mouse" or trackball. Portable communications equipment like faxes and modems will also grow strongly as mobile connectivity becomes more commonplace and more firms adopt telecommuting programs.
 Palmtop computers and electronic organizers will see a 25 percent CAGR, with palmtop growth fueled by gradual adoption of personal digital assistants combining pen technology with wireless communication. Electronic organizers will see their strongest growth for consumer-oriented low-end units that offer basic PIM functions.
 Remote access software, increasingly bundled with computers to facilitate vendor customer support and heavily used by mobile workers and telecommuters, will grow at a 20 percent compound annual rate through the decade.
 The market continues to see sharp price cutting and eroding profit margins, requiring manufacturers to make their money from ever-higher sales volume.
 Miniaturization will continue to be a central market concern. Internal notebook computer hard drives continue to shrink in size and weight. Subnotebook computers have entered the market responding to demand for smaller, lighter yet not less powerful products. While peripherals and pen tablet and clipboard computers will shrink further in both weight and size, further size reduction in other segments may erode comfort and functionality.
 Frost & Sullivan is an international high-technology research firm specializing in information technology. All Frost & Sullivan reports are based on extensive interviews with marketing and technical experts from selected companies in each market segment. Primary research is validated by thorough analysis of available secondary research. Frost & Sullivan is the leading publisher worldwide of high-technology market research reports.
 Total Pen, Palmtop, and Notebook Computer Product Market:
 Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecasts (World)
 1988-1999
 Revenue
 Units Revenues Growth Rate
 Year (million) ($ billion) (%)
 1988 2.4 0.43 ---
 1989 3.8 0.91 110.9
 1990 5.6 1.80 98.2
 1991 8.9 4.60 154.8
 1992 13.3 7.87 69.6
 1993 19.1 11.64 49.5
 1994 27.0 16.98 45.9
 1995 37.0 24.15 42.2
 1996 48.4 33.34 38.0
 1997 61.2 44.36 33.1
 1998 74.4 56.69 27.8
 1999 87.4 69.60 22.8
 Compound Annual Growth Rate (1992-1999): 36.7%
 NOTE: All figures are rounded.
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