Component shortage to hit tablet makers

Summary:The expected flood of tablets to compete with the iPad will be impacted by a major component shortage that will impede the ability to produce the devices.

The flood of tablets expected for release to compete with the iPad will be impacted by a component shortage that will impede the ability to produce the devices. DigiTimes is reporting from Taiwan that component makers, particularly those producing gyroscopes, chipmakers and screen glass makers, are gearing up for a shortage of components. The shortage is the result of the affects of the earthquake in Japan hitting the supply chain later than expected.

The lack of enough components to go around is causing tablet makers to reduce estimates of upcoming tablet shipments according to sources.

Affected by the component shortages, a number of makers have reduced their shipments of tablet PCs, said the sources, noting that combined tablet shipments from first-tier notebook vendors could be less than five million units in 2011.

The report doesn't address the shortage affecting Apple's ability to produce iPads, but it's sounding as if the supply chain disruption may be bigger than expected.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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