LYON - More than half of the hardware that will be sold during 2011 will be digital tablets, smartphones and netbooks, thus ending the rule for 30 years of desktop computers (PC) market, Deloitte predicted in his latest study.
"The world, until now dominated by PCs and essentially standardized scale today to a much more heterogeneous environment," says the study, of which AFP has obtained a copy and give the tendency of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) for the 10th consecutive year.
Some 425 million digital tablets (375) and smartphones (50) will be sold this year against 390 million PCs and netbooks (40), stationary computers (150) and laptops (200) according to the document.
The market will be dominated by "terminals using processors and operating systems different from those used for PCs," says Deloitte, "contrary to the development of the netbook in 2009, when customers opted for facilities that were, for Essentially, less powerful versions of traditional PC. "
However, these traditional PCs in 2011 will remain the main tool for the job according to the study, which will be presented Friday at the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM).
The goods sector technology (tablets, smartphones, mini-computers, flat screen TVs), "returned to growth in 2010" with a turnover up 0.9% to 17.7 billion euros all taxes included, according to the report presented in January by the institute GfK, which compiles retail sales of more than 28,000 stores in France.
He returned and "to a level very close to that before the crisis in 2008" after two years marked by a decline in turnover from 5.5% in 2008 and 0.9% in 2009.