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Information Appliances Will Outship PCs in 2001

Dallas, August 9, 2000 -  A new study conducted by Parks Associates, Information Appliances and Pervasive Net Access, indicates that information appliances will outship PCs in the United States in as early as 2001.

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The term "information appliance" - along with Internet appliance, network appliance, and access appliance - describes alternatives to the personal computer that are designed to benefit from network services.  Parks Associates defines an information appliance as a relatively low-cost, easy-to-use, reliable, special-purpose device that obtains and presents, captures and reports, and/or stores and manages various types of information in order to bring the benefits of the Internet to consumers.  Specific products that can be classified as information appliances include Internet-connected TVs, consumer network computers, Web tablets, e-mail only devices, screen phones, Internet game consoles, handheld PCs/personal digital assistants, Internet-enabled mobile phones, and automotive telematics systems.

Parks Associates' research on information appliances suggests that in 22 million in-home information appliances (excluding Internet-enabled mobile phones and telematics systems) will ship in the United States in 2001, compared with 18 million home PCs in the same year.  By the end of 2005, Parks Associates forecasts that total revenues from all information appliances (including Internet-enabled mobile phones and telematics systems) will reach $33.7 billion.

 "The market for information appliances will grow very rapidly," says Tricia Parks, president of Parks Associates.  "This provides a huge opportunity to numerous industries involved in the development of products and services that take advantage of the Internet."

Parks Associates' report Information Appliances and Pervasive Net Access includes detailed information on the drivers to the growth of information appliances, major product categories, the key players, the networks that deliver Internet content, hardware/software technologies related to information appliances, and market forecasts through the year 2005.  For more information, please contact Steve Harvey at 972-490-1113 or sales@parksassociates.com.

About Parks Associates:  Parks Associates is a Dallas, Texas-based market research firm specializing in emerging technologies and services for the home.  Founded in 1986, Parks Associates provides primary and secondary research on home systems, in-home networks, home security, consumer electronics, telecommunications, Internet service, energy utility, and subscription TV industries.  Parks Associates' clients include both Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups.  Parks Associates' services include syndicated reports, multi-client studies, custom consulting, workshops, and conferences.

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