A significant shortage of components and supplies will hurt portable and LCD markets through 2001, IDC research shows.

Serious shortfalls of key LCD components - such as motherglass, display driver ICs, condensers, capacitators and resistors - will hamper production of TFT LCD production over the next year, the research reveals.

Components and supplies are predicted to remain in short supply throughout 2000 This will hurt the portable and LCD desktop-monitor markets.

IDC figures indicate that 19.2 million portable PCs and 3.9 million LCD monitors will ship in 1999, although the widening crisis - and the Taiwan earthquake - may adversely affect these figures. Research indicates that manufacturers are struggling to meet demand for their products.

The shortages are expected to hamper Apple, as it strives to fill the 200,000 outstanding iBook orders.