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Ruggedized mobile device market to hit $9.2B by 2011

Posted: 11 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ABI Research? market forecast? PDA? tablet PC? cellphone?

Semi-ruggedized notebook category will have a CAGR growth rate of over 16 percent between 2006 and 2011, forecasts ABI Research. The subsegment growth is expected to be a major driver for the overall growth in the ruggedized mobile device market, alongside traditional product categories such as cellphones, PDAs, tablet PCs and fully-ruggedized notebook PCs.

"The combination of rugged features in more consumer-grade mobile devices is at the very core of product differentiation and the growing need to cater for field force enablement," said Stuart Carlaw, ABI Research principal analyst. "Although this move to semi-ruggedized products is very profound, it must be recognized that the market for fully ruggedized products in traditional vertical markets such as oil and gas, mining and the military will continue to be strong. Moreover, there will growth for these products in not so traditional markets in the emergency services, utilities and health care."

According to the research firm, Motorola's recent acquisition of Symbol will provide the combined company with a market share nearly equal to that of market leader Panasonic, although the two companies are very separate in terms of the markets they address. ABI Research added that Panasonic will remain the de facto market leader in the notebook arena while Motorola/Symbol has built a very strong position in the handheld/mobile area.

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