With the explosion of portable communications and computer equipments, external power supplies have found a strong hold on the power conversion industry. The external power supply market is driven primarily by cellular sales, especially in Europe. Consumers today are demanding the convenience of wireless communications provided by cellular phones. This trend and others are discussed in the new Darnell Group report, External AC/DC Power Supplies: Global Market Forecasts and Competitive Environment. This report, which numbers over 200 pages, includes market forecasts broken down by six segments for Worldwide, North America, Europe and Asia: wattage; design type; package style; product style; regulation; and applications (which is further broken down by sub-segments). These data are shown in 77 tables, with varying market share and growth rates.The worldwide external ac/dc power supply market shows healthy growth from 2000 to 2005. The total worldwide external market is expected to increase from $2.7 billion in 2000 to $4.6 billion in 2005, for a compounded annual growth rate of 11.4 percent.Additional chapters look at the power implications of emerging technologies and applications, including Bluetooth Technology and Information (Internet) appliances. Bluetooth technology supplies a low-power link for communication between a variety of consumer devices, including PDAs, laptops, cellular phones, PC peripherals, digital cameras and wireless handsets. The next section provides market forecasts and trends for identified information appliances. Finally, an overview of the major players in the external ac/dc power supply market is provided. Like the industry itself, the competitive environment is undergoing significant changes and consolidation.