Apple iPad 3 to Sport Parts Supplied by a Bunch of Taiwan Players; Could Come Cheap

July 27, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Amidst the many tales of the upcoming iPhone 5, we have also been hearing a lot about the next iteration of the Apple iPad. The latest we hear on that front is that Cupertino has entered into agreements with a slew of Taiwan-based parts makers for the iPad 3. This piece of info further cements speculations as to the iPad 3 is fast getting ready for launch.

Going by what the reports published by DigiTimes, Apple has inked deals with companies such as Novatek Microelectronics, Richtek Technology, Capella Microsystems and Integrated Memory Logic. These companies thus have won the contracts to make integrated circuits for the iPad 3.

Of these, Integrated Memory Logic will have the mandate to supply integrated programmable gamma/Vcom buffer solutions from the iPad 3 supply chain. In case you are wondering what that is, the gamma/Vcom buffer solutions go into the making of touch panels for smartphone and tablet PC applications. The iPad3, for sure, will sport that feature.

Meanwhile, Novatek will supply LCD driver ICs, Capella will bring in ambient light sensors and Richtek will provide integrated power management ICs. The report, however, has not been substantiated with confirmation from these Taiwanese parts manufacturers.

We also get to hear that Apple might probably want the iPad 3 to be an affordable tablet. This, in fact, contradicts earlier grapevine talk that had said that the iPad 3 could be a high end slate. Apple is more likely to go in for lower cost parts from the suppliers so that the next iteration of the iPad could rival the other tablets that had made their debut during the second half of 2011.

We are now waiting to see the iPad 3 roll out. Do you think it will accompany the iPhone 5 by any chance?

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