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Amazon to launch own version tablet PC

Company expects to shift 4m units by year end

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Online retailing giant Amazon is getting ready to move into the tablet market, if rumours circulating the net are to be believed.

According to a number of Taiwan-based component manufacturers, Amazon is preparing to launch two versions of a Kindle-like tablet PC over the next three months.

The maker of the world’s best-selling ebook reader will also offer streaming movie services as standard for users of its tablet PCs, the sources noted.

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Various newspapers say Amazon is currently adapting processors developed by Texas Instruments for the tablet. Taiwan-based company Wintek is to supply touch panels, ILI Technology to supply LCD driver ICs and Quanta Computer will be responsible for PC’s assembly, the sources indicated.

Amazon has set itself the target of shifting four million before the end of 2011 and monthly shipments are expected to be between 700,000-800,000 units.

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