Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Latest Amazon Tablet Rumor - on a 7" model due end of September


Another update from Digitimes, which is considered a somewhat more solid source of rumors than most, but they tend to give conflicting information.

  Last time out, Quanta was already shipping 7" tablets to Amazon.  This time, they say Quanta "will be solely responsible for assembling the tablet, the sources noted."

Yenting Chen and Adam Hwang write:
' Amazon has settled on a Taiwan-based supply chain for its tablets to be launched in the third quarter of 2011, with TFT-LCD panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) to supply touch sensors for use in 7-inch G/G (Glass on Glass) touch panels, according to supply chain makers.
While Wintek will be the major supplier of ITO touch modules for use in the G/G touch panel, CPT will provide touch sensors for J Touch to make such touch modules, the sources indicated. Based on Amazon's launch plans, 2.0-2.4 million touch panels should be shipped by the end of September and Wintek will account for 70-75% of the volume, the sources pointed out. '

E Ink Holdings is the liaison, and it seems E Ink will become a shareholder of CPT, making it possible for them to use CPT's 6G production capacity.  In addition, the touch screen of Amazon tablets may involve use of E Ink's FFS (fringe field switching) technology.

See this blog's article on E Ink's FFS technology earlier.

Also see the ongoing List of stronger Amazon tablet rumors with dates, titles and links to the Kindleworld blog articles and sources.

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  1. The wsj rumors that showed over the weekend said a 9 inch tablet, which makes more sense, at least to me.

    Regards, Don Lloyd

  2. Don, I'd prefer a 9" or 8.9" as they've said in the past.

    Could you provide a link to the WSJ article?

  3. Don,
    What I could find, quickly, are comments that the Wall St. Journal, in the past (and it's part of this blog's rumor reports) said a 9" would be due. This latest Digitimes report just is another, newer rumor.

    See article.

  4. However, the AppleInsider article is wrong about the 7" Digitimes report matching a new Kindle because Digitimes says it uses FFS, which is E-Ink's color-LCD technology.

    I'd like a 7" e-Ink ereader screen though! If there's no keyboard they could do it.


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