While netbook shipments hit a total of 36 million units in 2009, research firm ABI predicts the market will keep growing this year with shipments totaling 58 million. ABI also sees a growing market for media tablets, such as the Apple iPad, that could begin to fracture the netbook market.
market for netbooks or mini-notebooks
is still expanding, with shipments
expected to reach 58 million units in 2010, as consumers and business users
continue to look for low-cost computing alternatives
, according to a report from
research firm ABI.
2009, netbook shipments topped 36 million units, which was higher that ABI's
original forecast of 35 million.
in 2010, ABI is calling for netbook shipments to hit 58 million units by the
end of the year. However, the research firm does see the emergence of media
tablets, such as the Apple iPad
and the so-called "Hurricane" from
, as having an impact on the netbook market.
expect the netbook market to fragment according to different regional value
propositions," ABI analyst Jeff Orr wrote in the May 17 report. "Functionality
will be added to mainstream netbook products while at the same time an
entry-level netbook solution will grow, with the aim of targeting some large
emerging markets (including China and India) where PC penetration is still
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the market is still very new for these new-style tablets, ABI is calling for
shipments to total about 8 million units in 2010. However, those predictions
are based on Apple's statements that it has already shipped about 1 million
iPads so far.
now, ABI predicts that the presence of these new tablets will slow the netbook
market to a compound annual growth rate of 23 percent.
the past three years, netbook sales have helped the PC industry
when the U.S. recession hit in late 2008. Since that time, the PC industry has
started to return, thanks to sales of laptops, netbooks and a new class of
ultrathin, ultraportable notebooks that use cutting-edge Intel and Advanced
Micro Devices chips.
the coming months, both Intel and AMD plan to roll out new platforms to support
an entire new generation of netbooks
. Intel plans to start offering dual-core
Atom processors for netbooks, while AMD plans to enter the market with its
Fusion chips, which combine the x86 processor and graphics on the same piece of