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Monday, 02 May 2011 12:06

Supply problems could shut out Apple competition

Written by Nick Farell


iPad rivals can't get the bits
It seems that Steve Jobs is lucky when it comes to seeing off competition for his over priced keyboardless netbook, the iPad.

As rivals had been set to release their own cheaper versions of the technology, they have been effectively shut out of the market because they cannot get the parts. According to Digitimes the global supply chain for tablet PCs is expected to brace for acute shortage of parts and components, including memory chips, gyroscopes, capacitors, chip-resistors, cover glass and even bismaleimide-triazine (BT) resin.

Everyone had been expecting things to be bad following the Japan earthquake but it looks like there will be a serious interruption of the supply chain in the second half of May. Supplies of gyroscopes from STMicroelectronics and AKM, high-end capacitors and resistors from Japan-based makers, BT resin for IC substrate production and other types of chemicals all will fall short, according to Digitimes.

This will only really cause problems for Apple rivals as Jobs' Mob had made sure he roped in all his suppliers.  Anything out there will have to go to Apple first while his rivals will get the left overs. This could stuff up sales for the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics, the Eee Pad Transfomer from Asustek Computer and even the Xoom from Motorola Mobility.

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+2 #1 Jurassic1024 2011-05-02 13:04
nVIDIA did it to AMD with the 40nm GPU wafers for its 300 series cards.

Things will work out.
 
 
+6 #2 JEskandari 2011-05-02 15:52
Quoting Jurassic1024:
nVIDIA did it to AMD with the 40nm GPU wafers for its 300 series cards.

Things will work out.

well for 300 series NVIDIA only had several oem part which in fact were renamed 200 series
if you mean 400 series then its very hard to believe as If I'm not wrong NVIDIA was
about 6 month late to the market so it's very unlikely they made any 40nm Wafer shortage for AMD at the time
 
 
+4 #3 jozef 2011-05-02 19:21
Is buying out a supply of hardware components truly "lucky"?
 
 
0 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-04 07:46
Well a few days ago some people supported the idea that Foxconn is lucky to be graced by apple's orders, but as it seems it looks more like apple is lucky for having such a partner. And not, it's not truly lucky, but when did apple bought it out? I thought they payed dirt for it?
 

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