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The market for netbooks is expected to hit 139 million by 2013

The netbook category is the hottest computer category posting the largest growth numbers in all of the market. Many consumers are choosing netbooks because they offer a low price entry into computing. Some are buying netbooks not for the price, but for the portability that the machines offer.

ABI Research announced today that it expects 35 million netbooks to ship in 2009. According to the research firm, social and technological factors have worked together to create a sort of perfect storm for the netbook market in the next few years.

Forecasts by the research firm predict that by 2013 139 million netbooks will be shipping. ABI's Kevin Burden said in a statement, "PDA’s began our reliance on instant accessible data while traveling. When PDA functionality converged with cellular voice, smartphones became the new darling of mobile professional technology that many expected to evolve into the hub for all data and communication needs for travelling professionals. Today, with a better understanding for what a smartphone is, is not, and may never be, along with a reality check on the usefulness of UMPCs, the market remains open for new device types."

Burden points out that low-cost and power miserly x86 and ARM CPUs has been the key to the netbook revolution. These processors allow users to get very close to their normal desktop or notebook computer experience in a much smaller package that offers longer battery life in most instances.

Burden continued saying, "In recent years, the industry still expected the smartphones to be more than they turned out to be, and most recently, MIDs were thought to be the next big mobile devices segment, but an unclear usage model continues to confuse the market. So today, netbooks’ time has come, and ABI research expects them to enjoy very strong market growth."

However, some analysts predict that increasing sales of netbooks is a bad thing for the CPU market. As the majority of sales begins to center on low-cost, and low profit netbook CPUs sales of more profitable CPUs may drop.

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It's a sign.
By reader1 on 1/26/2009 1:18:11 PM , Rating: -1
The closed PC is coming.

It's only a matter of time before somebody creates a netbook that is essentially a big iPhone (a closed system). After that the closed desktop will follow.

Closing the PC is the only way to end widespread piracy. The piece of crap PC you're using now is nothing more than an experiment.

RE: It's a sign.
By LRonaldHubbs on 1/26/2009 1:43:07 PM , Rating: 2
The problem isn't that people have too many CPU's that they aren't using those cores for folding ;)

RE: It's a sign.
By LRonaldHubbs on 1/26/2009 1:45:43 PM , Rating: 2
Fail. I meant to reply to the other guy:

We're finally figuring out that most people don't need all the power that we have been fiendishly trying to outdo our competitors with for the last couple of years. 4 cores on 90% of the computers out there is 3 cores too many. -Suntan

RE: It's a sign.
By Network25 on 1/26/2009 1:53:19 PM , Rating: 5
You probably should have thought your post through all the way before putting it on the internet. Your idea makes no sense. If what you are talking about came to pass, an entire industry of programmers would be out of a job. Every different business that uses custom applications for their business would no longer be able to use PCs. I'd be willing to bet that there are quite a few large corporations that would see to it that your idea never materializes.

RE: It's a sign.
By mindless1 on 1/27/2009 1:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
There will be closed netbook appliances, this much we can be certain of to lower cost. Just too much overhead with x86, someone in China will make a netbook that sells for under $75 and I mean within the next 5 years (if it even takes that long).

RE: It's a sign.
By Pirks on 1/26/2009 2:14:25 PM , Rating: 3
The closed PC is coming
It's come a few years ago, and it's called Mac. Somehow it was unable to dethrone the piece of crap PC. Everybody still uses PC, and the experiment goes on and on :) See, there's that little thing called "price" that you forgot about. The piece of crap PC is always cheaper than your closed Mac, how is it possible for the more expensive product to kill a cheaper one? This has never happend and will not happen, because it's against the law of economics.

RE: It's a sign.
By mmntech on 1/26/2009 2:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
In a sense Macs are closed in that the OS is locked to Apple produced hardware. It's rather easy for Apple to implement that since they produce both the hardware and the software for their systems. Windows is a different story. However, Apple does not limit what you can ultimately install on your Mac. To me, a closed PC is ultimately what game consoles and the iPhone are. Limiting software to only that which is approved by the system provider. It's entirely possible. However, it's probably unlikely anytime in the near future simply due to the huge logistical issues it would cause.

RE: It's a sign.
By Pirks on 1/26/2009 2:57:19 PM , Rating: 2
Which proves my point. Even such a closed and totalitarian company as Apple didn't bother making their Macs really closed computers by introducing AppStore for Macs and limiting Mac software purchase options to this one store strictly controlled by Apple. Which speaks volumes about this "closed bigger iPhone" being totally stillborn idea. EVEN Apple gets that!

RE: It's a sign.
By mindless1 on 1/27/2009 1:32:18 AM , Rating: 2
Irrelevant, Apple is trying to provide a trendy product at a price-premium, not trying to compete with the lowest cost product possible.

RE: It's a sign.
By pukemon on 1/26/2009 2:21:09 PM , Rating: 2
That's basically what the Palm Folio was supposed to be, but they killed that off before it ever came to market.

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