According to Upstream sources, Quanta, the Taiwan-based notebook maker, has received OEM orders from Amazon for its alleged tablet PC and the device will also receive full support from Taiwan-based electrophoretic display (EPD) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) for supplying touch panel as well as providing its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technology. Quanta Computers is the the OEM partner for RIM and Sony.
According to Digitimes:
“The device’s monthly orders during the peak season are expected to reach about 700,000-800,000 units and Quanta is expected to start shipping as soon as the second half of 2011 with the orders to contribute more than NT$100 billion (US$3.5 billion) to Quanta’s annual revenues in 2011, the sources noted. In response to the report, Quanta declined to comment on its clients.”
In addition to this, Digitimes also notes that Amazon internally aims to reduce the price of the Kindle line to attract the education and consumer market while pushing their new tablet PCs worldwide. Amazon aims to leverage its software and service advantage to carve a piece of the Tablet market. I may be misunderstanding this information but this seems like a full confirmation that we will have something soon. Silence on the part of Amazon might seem odd at first, until you realize that every Kindle has been pretty much announced just before release. I really don’t know what’s up. If anyone has better information or clarification, let me know via email or in a comment.