Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Chip shortage forces tablet PC delay | News.blog | CNET News.com

Chip shortage forces tablet PC delay | News.blog | CNET News.com

An apparent shortage of Intel chips has caused tablet PC maker Motion Computing to modify its orders for September.

According to an internal memo seen by CNET News.com, Motion's marketing department got word from Intel that there is a world-wide shortage of the Intel Pentium M Processor number 758 which is a low-voltage chip running at 1.5GHz.

"What this means is that existing orders of the Motion LE1600 tablet PC are now scheduled to ship during the first week of October. The current expected ship date for new LE1600 orders is the second week of October," the memo said, noting that Motion was also exploring other alternatives to fill orders.

A representative with Motion Computing confirmed the company's attempts to modify its sales techniques including suggesting Motion Computing's LS800s, which include Intel's 1.2 GHz ultra-low voltage processor--a chip that is not experiencing a delay-- and Motion's LE1600 with an Intel Celeron processor.

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