RIM could have beaten the iPad 2 with the PlayBook by six

first_imgIt seems astonishing that as Apple prepares to introduce the iPad 2, the competition still hasn’t managed to release a viable, competitively priced alternative to even the original iPad.It’s true, though. In fact, despite the fact that it’s been announced for months, RIM won’t be able to deliver its anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet until well after the iPad 2’s debut. If new rumors are anything to go by, though, RIM might have been able to bring the PlayBook to market six months ago… if not for the fact that they decided to switch chip manufacturers six months into production.According to TechEye’s source, the 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 that comes stock with every PlayBook wasn’t RIM’s first choice for ARM-based central cortex. Far from it: in fact, the Canadian mobile company had been working for six months with a chipset rival: Marvell.Supposedly, Marvell was “having some serious problems getting the software to work with the hardware. The team was just taking too long and there were issues that weren’t being resolved quickly enough.”Apparently, the delay cost the PlayBook, and RIM had no choice but to turn to Texas Instruments for their dual-core chip in the OMAP4. It’s pretty clear that Texas Instruments feels the sting of this delay, as they’ve admitted previously that unforeseen circumstances stopped them from beating the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC to market, which is now pretty much the standard for Android tablets. Ouch. Reading between the lines, it sounds like RIM could have a viable iPad 2 competitor out six months ago, if not for Marvell’s ineptitude. That’s got to sting: as it is, they’re now just another also-ran.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more