July 11, 2011, 8:54 PM — Amazon.com is expected to ship up to 1.2 million tablet computers by the end of September, making it the biggest order for non-iPad tablet suppliers in the third quarter, according to a new report in DigiTimes .
Citing unnamed tablet PC component suppliers, Taiwan-based DigiTimes also said that Amazon is expected to demand up to 2 million touch-panel displays from suppliers in the August-September period.
The tablet report on Amazon is surprising because the online retailer hasn't announced a tablet yet, and has thus far focused on selling its low-cost, black-and-white Kindle e-readers. The online retailer did not respond to a request for comment.
Rumors have circulated that Amazon is prepping two tablet models , code-named Coyote and Hollywood, both powered by Nvidia processors. The tech website BGR said the entry-level Coyote would run a dual-core Tegra 2 chip, while the more powerful Hollywood would run a quad-core T30 Kal-El processor with a 500% performance boost over Tegra 2.
Nvidia showed a prototype tablet running the quad-core Kal-El in late May before the Computex trade show in Taipei.
The Tegra 2 is used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the LG Optimus and the Asus Transformer tablet computers.
If Amazon enters the tablet market, it would join a crowded field led by the AppleiPad . The DigiTimes report said Apple will take delivery of 14 million to 15 million iPads from Foxconn Electronics in the third quarter, up from 10.5 million to 11 million in the second quarter.
All the remaining tablets, mostly running the Android mobile operating system, would account for 6 million to 7 million tablets in the third quarter, according to DigiTimes. The website didn't calculate how many Samsung Galaxy Tabs would be shipping in the third quarter, but said the Acer Iconia Tab A500 would be behind Amazon's, at up to 900,000 units shipped.