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I highly, highly doubt that's the reason. The primary market for tablet PCs (at least so far, maybe Win8 marketing will change things) are businesses. Sales reps, pharmaceutical reps, etc. People who use it to tick checkboxes and sign PDFs. None of these people care about the dominance of Wacom. Hell, they probably never even heard the name. More than likely these other companies are not packaging their technology in an OEM-friendly way to incorporate into laptops.
As for the technical side of things...have you ever tried an N-Trig or FinePoint digitizer? They suck. So far Wacom has been the only company to provide a decently performing digitizer for Tablet PCs. And convenient too, since the other two require batteries in their pens.

That assumes that every tablet PC in the past used Wacom digitizer tech. But even in that case that they did business reps wouldn't need 512 or 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity; it would be money wasted on a premium feature that the consumer base isn't looking for, so I think you're overstating.

As for the tech. There is something I overlooked. Wacom started integrating of 10+ multi-touch into their digitizer technology. Though it isn't great last time I checked it's probably the reason why OEMs are going to Wacom this time around. Well, that plus brand name recognition. Wacom is the go-to brand for many would-be artists.

As for N-trig, it's a little jittery but not that bad, probably because the digitizer is a typical active digitizer. Wacom's passive EM is a minor advantage IMO. The tablet I'm using now uses an active EM digitizer and requires a battery but the weight is fairly well centered and balanced so in use there's no disadvantage other than the weight itself. The actual input is very fluid and consistent too, better than my previous Bamboo as far as I can tell.
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That assumes that every tablet PC in the past used Wacom digitizer tech. But even in that case that they did business reps wouldn't need 512 or 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity; it would be money wasted on a premium feature that the consumer base isn't looking for, so I think you're overstating.
As for the tech. There is something I overlooked. Wacom started integrating of 10+ multi-touch into their digitizer technology. Though it isn't great last time I checked it's probably the reason why OEMs are going to Wacom this time around. Well, that plus brand name recognition. Wacom is the go-to brand for many would-be artists.
As for N-trig, it's a little jittery but not that bad, probably because the digitizer is a typical active digitizer. Wacom's passive EM is a minor advantage IMO. The tablet I'm using now uses an active EM digitizer and requires a battery but the weight is fairly well centered and balanced so in use there's no disadvantage other than the weight itself. The actual input is very fluid and consistent too, better than my previous Bamboo as far as I can tell.

The reason Wacom supplied 512 levels is because it is the same digitizer used in some of their early graphics tablets - the PenPartner, Cintiq 15x, Cintiq 18sx, etc - and were likely already being manufactured in the "correct" size for Tablet PCs. They even use the same pens (models beginning with "UP", in case you want to check). I'm not sure which came first, the upgrading of their desktop tablets to 1024 levels or selling off the old tech for use in tablet PCs, but either way it was the cheapest way to do it since the product already existed and little to no re-engineering or design or plant retooling was required. It had nothing to do with supplying a feature for the business world. In fact, the default drivers that are distributed with most penabled tablet PCs today have pressure sensitivity disabled, and you have to download Wacom's driver yourself to get it working.

And what you described is exactly why N-Trig is acceptable for business users but not for artists or discerning consumers. It's not like N-Trig based tablets cost any less than Wacom based ones either, where you can justify it by the reduced cost. So you might as well stick to Wacom.

Yes, there are other manufacturers other than Wacom, N-Trig, and Finepoint, but those are the only three you'll find in Tablet PCs. And I'm pretty sure the last time a Finepoint digitizer made it to the market was with a Gateway tablet from 2006.
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