Niche distributor Portable Add-ons said today that it will fulful a large after-market based on the introduction of CE 2 devices which would account for a third of its turnover within the next two years.
Nigel Parry, managing director of the company, which is a subsidiary of Datrontech said: ?We see two broad markets for the CE devices, for mobile executives and for people engaged in data capture.?
He said that large corporations were already evaluating CE 2 devices from the different manufacturers as potential replacements for far more expensive notebook machines.
While that will create a dent in the market for PC notebooks, Parry was nevertheless optimistic of the future of his company.
?Business has never been better,? he said.
Part of its slate of PC card products are some 10/100 Fast Ethernet cards, which shows that Portable is still committed to the notebook platform.
Those include a Rockwell based K56flex card, which Portable is re-badging, as well as a number of other, lower powered multi-function Ethernet PC cards.
But while Parry agreed that end users were likely to be confused by the ?war? on standards between x2 and K56flex, he did not think the answer would come with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) meeting at the end of January.
He said: ?The whole issue is unlikely to be resolved until the middle of next year.?
He added that was an optimistic forecast but said that a future 1Gbytes standard was underdevelopment.
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