According to market research firm iSuppli, MID devices projected growth is expected at compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent between 2007 and 2012.
This device category is as you know quite wide, and contains anything from some netbooks to portable media players, and iSuppli defines it as “devices that have integrated connectivity for wireless local area network (WLANs), wireless metropolitan area networks or 3G-or-higher worldwide wide area networks”.
The devices should also by definition come with screens smaller than 8 inches, with an “instant-on function, an always-connectable capability and a full day's worth of battery life under typical usage scenarios.”
The final number tossed around is 416 million units, which is the number of these devices expected by the end of the timeframe. It is expected that smartphones are to dominate the MID segment from 2008 to 20012, and while 60 percent of these devices are considered MID-class, by 2012 Smartphones will all be categorized as MIDs.
76 percent of E-book readers will be classified as MIDs in 2012, up from 35 percent in 2008, whereas UMPCs considered as MIDs will rise from 2 percent to 28 percent in 2012.