In-Stat believes the ultra mobile device market is evolving to become a family of devices that will compose the “ultra mobile device (UMD) paradigm.” According to the research firm, one ultra mobile device will not be able to meet all of the different UMD usages/applications.
In-Stat found the following in their report:
- The UMD worldwide forecast is for more than 8 million units in 2011
- 2008-2010 will be key years for the development of a market inflection point of anytime/anywhere wireless connectivity that is necessary for widespread adoption of the UMD paradigm
Three key features differentiate UMDs from products like PDAs and smart phones. First, UMDs must run a full operating system. Second, they must run any application as originally developed and compiled for PCs or notebooks. Third, UMDs must run full web pages unmodified (including flash and java applets) to provide complete Internet experiences.
The research, “Ultra Mobile Device (UMD, UMPC, MID, Micro PC)…A New Paradigm For Mobile User Applications” (#IN0703492SI), covers the worldwide market for ultra mobile devices. It provides a worldwide unit shipment forecast for UMDs through 2011. Extensive discussion of market drivers and barriers is also provided, including the technological developments necessary for market development. In addition to the report, Ian and other In-Stat analysts provide consulting services on a variety of technical and market topics regarding the semiconductor and electronics industries. The price is an ultra $2,995 (US).