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Mobile market rides Pentium wave

Fueled by a transition to higher-speed Pentium processors, the mobile PC market is expected to grow 30 percent in 1996, according to a report released today by Dataquest.

Fueled by a transition to higher-speed Pentium processors, the mobile PC market is expected to grow 30 percent this year, according to a report released today by Dataquest.

What's more, the report said, the transition may result in a better price-performance ratio for consumers.

"As the [mobile] market completes the progression to the Pentium architecture this year, we expect a major shift in product mix for the top vendors in the form of a major emphasis on 'value' notebooks," the market research firm said.

In 1995, the market--which includes laptop, notebook, ultraportable, and subnotebook personal computers--grew only 15 percent, mostly because vendors didn't move up to Pentium processors as quickly as expected.

The study said Toshiba kept its ranking as the number-one mobile PC supplier worldwide in 1995, with about 15 percent of all units shipped. Compaq held the number-two spot, with about 11 percent share of units shipped, followed by:
NEC, 10 percent
IBM, 9.9 percent
Apple, 6.7 percent

Fujitsu, Dell Computer, AST Research, and Texas Instruments all ranked in the top 10 mobile vendors.

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