HP takes early lead
Hewlett-Packard (HP) held a slight lead over Fujitsu in worldwide shipments of Tablet PCs during December, according to research released by IDC. About 72,000 units were sold in that time, IDC said. HP had shipped about 17,000 units of its Compaq Tablet PC TC1000, compared to shipments of about 15,000 Stylistic ST4000 Tablets from Fujitsu, analyst with IDC, Alan Promisel, said. Toshiba America Information Systems’ Portege 3500 was third (10,500 units) and Acer’s TravelMate 100 came fourth (8000 units). HP’s strong marketing efforts and existing enterprise customer base helped it to the early lead, Promisel said.
Small HP server for resellers
HP has unveiled a new SME server that will help its reseller network generate revenue from services. The new tc2120, that is not much different from a PC and replaces the tc2110, comes with a Grand Champion SL chipset from Serverworks that allows it to support up to 4GB of memory, 4 PCI (peripheral component interconnect) slots or RAID (redundant array of independent disks) capability. This meant the tc2120 could be used as a server with more demanding workloads than a PC could handle, HP said.
LCD monitors to overtake CRT
Sales of liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors will top $US20 billion in 2003, overtaking revenue from sales of conventional CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors, according to research released by IDC. The market analyst predicted the worldwide PC monitor market would grow by 4.8 per cent this year, driven by improving economies and an expected spike in PC sales growth. LCD monitors are steadily getting larger as improved manufacturing technology helps achieve lower prices. The predominant LCD size is the 15-inch screen, but by 2005 the market will shift to 17-inch screens.