Taiwan expects PDA shipments to reach 13.7 milion in 2005, about 80 per cent of the global total.
Industry data released by the Market Intelligence Center (MIC), a Taipei-based research organisation, shows that growth is being driven by a rapid expansion in the phone PDA market.
Taiwan's phone PDA sales leapt 51.8 per cent in the third quarter compared to 2004, according to MIC, while sales of other PDA types increased only 2.9 per cent in the same period.
MIC predicts a further 21 per cent jump in phone PDA sales in the fourth quarter, driven by new models featuring technologies such as EV-DO (a wireless broadband protocol).
This trend will continue, the organisation believes, with a further 12.5 per cent increase in the first quarter of 2006.
Japan will go ahead with plans to drop generous tax credits for R&D and IT spending next year despite protests, JiJi Press has reported.
The credits, which saved companies a total of more than $5.1bn last year, are now seen as unnecessary by the government in light of economic recovery, an argument strongly contested by business groups and opposition parties.
Introduced in 2002 to boost research and investment in technology, the tax credits temporarily replaced existing regulations which only awarded tax savings when companies expand research or IT spending.
Philips used the announcement of a planned $20 mobile phone to draw attention to the opening of its new design centre in Shanghai.
The company sees a potential market of 3.3 billion customers in countries like China and India for an ultra low cost phone. No firm release date was given, but Philips said that it plans to bring products to market by 2008.
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