It will be interesting to see if there's any fallout from this in regards to TSMC. There certainly are advantages to going fabless, but with so much competition for the same fab capacity, it might start to seem like a serious impediment. Some of the bigger players might question the logic in putting so much of their economic viability in the same basket. Smaller players may not have any other options and could very well be driven out of business.
It was not a first hardware of tablet running on ARM, but the operating system was. But it was really a tough time Toshiba to integrate all the stuff on a new OS. Toshiba's Android Range of Thrive Tablets are just another Android Tabs with no further changes as compared to Samsung and Sony.
Wouldn't the BOM total more than $199? A lot more? I don't think MS has a business model that would allow it to sell the Surface at a loss, like the Kindle or Nook might be sold. Am I missing something here?
I wonder if this is really a component supply problem or if Toshiba is bailing on an iffy market (Windows iPad clones) that vendor/competitor Microsoft has already jumped into by pre-announcing in a big way its Surface tablet, now rumored to sell for something ridiculously low like $199.