Softbank Research said the local personal data assistant (PDA) market will double this year compared with a year earlier.
SEOUL (Asia Pulse) – According to its "IT Insight" report, the information technology market researcher forecasted the local PDA market to grow to 50b won (US$3.83m), an increase of 110 per cent from last year's 24b won (US$18.4m), by selling 80,000 units.
Since 1998, 160,000 units have been sold throughout the nation. The report shows that the local PDA market is dominated by a domestic manufacturer, JTEL, which produces Cellvic and controls 60 per cent of the market.
Window CE type PDAs took 25 per cent of the market and Palm-PC type PDAs took 10 per cent.
The local market shows a difference from the global trend in which 60 per cent of PDAs are Palm-PC types.
JTEL is expected to hold sway over the local market for the time being, with the release of Cellvic XG in the second quarter of this year.
The moderately-priced XG model contains a CDMA module, giving it a more of a competitive edge over other Window CE and Palm OS PDAs.