Worldwide Enterprise Thin Client Unit Shipments to Reach 1.4 Million in 2002, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 14, 2002 – Finally surpassing the one million unit shipment mark (1.09 million) in 2001, the worldwide enterprise thin client market will continue its steady growth with 1.4 million shipments in 2002. According to new research from IDC, Reshaping and Refocusing: Enterprise Thin Client Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2006, this market is experiencing success while overcoming a number of obstacles, including slumping economies and

vendor consolidation.


The future of the worldwide thin client market remains bright. "Although prospects for future growth are revised downward to reflect more realistic market expectations, the opportunities for growth are still solid," says Bob O'Donnell, IDC research director of device technology. This market will enjoy nearly 30% compound annual shipment growth between 2002-2006.

The thin client market remains strongest in the United States, which accounted for more than half of worldwide shipments in 2001. Although the U.S. continues to top this market, Western Europe is making significant inroads, growing to 36.8% of the total market in 2002.

Key Findings

A decrease in average selling price caused the value of worldwide enterprise thin client shipments to decline 6.2% between 2000-2001

Wyse Technologies continues to dominate the thin client market with 38.1% market share worldwide in 2001

Windows-based devices owned about three-quarters of the worldwide thin client market in 2001, and that figure should stay relatively consistent through 2006

In terms of hardware development, more emphasis is being placed on LCD-equipped thin clients

This worldwide report is the result of IDC's ongoing research on enterprise thin clients. Both primary and secondary information sources were used in its development. Primary sources include surveys of vendors and end users, and secondary sources consist of publicly accessible financial information (e.g., 10K and annual reports of thin-client vendors) as well as in-depth meetings and discussions with these vendors.

To purchase Reshaping and Refocusing: Enterprise Thin Client Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2006, contact Cheryl Toffel at 508-935-4389 or email

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