Earlier this week Intel stated at its IDF in Beijing that global sales of notebooks are expected to account for more than 50% of the PC market in 2010.
This year more than 100 million notebooks are expected to be sold, and by 2010 this will increase to 170 million units.
Additionally, global notebook sales are expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 18-20% from 2007 to 2011, after achieving a growth rate of 35% and 28%, respectively, in 2005 and 2006, Eden added.
While notebook sales in the US, Europe, and Japan will continue to grow in the next five years, sales in emerging markets such as China are expected to enjoy a higher growth rate due to desktop replacement demand, Eden indicated.
In China, sales of notebooks totaled 1.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2006, up 50% from a year earlier, with consumer-use models pacing the growth with an 80% on-year growth rate, Eden noted.