From analog to digital, consumer electronics are now evolving with WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) technology. Applications such as Voice Over IP (VoIP), web surfing, MP3 play back and movie play back are some of the most desirable convergence applications implemented in portable consumer electronics. Wi-Fi and HDD, with their origins in the PC world, are being rapidly adapted by the portable consumer electronics market. More and more portable electronic products are appearing in the market everyday.
Portable consumer electronics are sufficiently compact, lightweight and easy mobility. There are handheld and battery powered portable consumer electronics gadgets. The typical life cycle of a portable consumer electronic product is much shorter than that of other market segments. The market for portable consumer electronic devices is changing rapidly with continuous research in this area.
The driving factor in electronic product miniaturization primarily comes from the consumer, who constantly seeks more and more convenient features and functions. These variables continue to drive advances in design and manufacturing process technologies.
Products such as Portable Media Players (PMPs), Smartphones, and GPS-PDAs are just a few of the hottest convergence products in this segment. Other portable electronic devices are laptop computers, hand-held devices such as cellular telephones, personal media devices including the iPod from Apple Computer, and compact disc players.