It’s time to get out the rumor hats. The DigiTimes tuned up its occasionally insightful, occasionally unfounded buzz-machine, and it cranked out a prediction that the tablet Amazon is supposedly crafting will launch later this summer.
The DigiTimes cites insider information from Taiwan-based component makers, who are manufacturing parts for the tablet to meet a shipping rate of around 700,000-800,000 tablets per month. DigiTimes provided a list of companies involved in the creation of the tablet: Wintek is building the touch panels, Texas Instruments is responsible for the processor (bucking the trend of Android tablets running on NVIDIA Tegra processors), ILI Technology is making LCD driver ICs, and final assembly is being handled by Quanta Computer. DigiTimes did not specifically designate if it was one of these companies that provided the leak, or if the information came from another source.
The source said that the release of the tablet was being eyed for sometime in August or September, and that Amazon hoped to sell about four million tablets before the end of 2011.
While many companies and brands have entered the tabletsphere, Amazon is uniquely suited to succeed. Aside from the fact that the company is working hard at establishing itself as a cloud storage provider, a potentially important technology for tablets going forward, it has also managed to create and market the definitive eReader in the Amazon Kindle. Amazon also has its own movie rental and streaming service as well as an Android app market.
Considering the shared bloodlines between eReaders and tablets, and the overwhelming success of the Kindle, it will be intriguing to see if Amazon can carry over its success in attempting a new territory of the market. If the rumors hold true, we should be seeing what Amazon is bringing to the table before the end of the season.