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Based on published research by industry analysts, over 400 million special-purpose electronic, non-PC embedded devices will be sold this year ­ and over 1.2 billion units by the year 2001. By 2002, analysts predict shipments of smart handheld devices such as PDAs, Palm Pilots and smart phones will reach 25 million units. By year 2003, analysts project that smart cards equipped with miniature databases could make their way into virtually every purse and wallet in America. More than a billion chip cards were shipped worldwide in 1998 alone. Imagine carrying your new multi-application smart card, which may have credit, debit and reloadable electronic cash functions. Add to that your personal profile information and the ability that lets you store loyalty programs and loyalty points on the card. With the security of a smart card and the power of Pervasive's database, an... (more)