My favorite source of tech industry gossip is back again today with a juicy new rumor about Amazon's next tablets. Digitimes is reporting that
MediaTek reportedly has landed orders for its MT8135 quad-core solutions from Amazon for its new entry-level Kindle Fire tablets, and shipments of the chipsets will begin in 2014, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
If this rumor is true, MediaTek won't be supplying these chips for the new Kindle Fires which are expected to ship later this year. The latest rumors suggest that those tablets are going to use Qualcomm CPUs, have higher resolution screens, and generally aim for the upper end of the tablet market.
MediaTek's chips, on the other hand, are intended not for the lower end of the market so much as for less intensive uses. That makes it hard for me to believe that Amazon's increasingly upmarket tablets would use MediaTek chips.
Amazon's ereaders, on the other hand, are a different matter. I would not be surprised if the MediaTek rumors were true to a limited degree. Rather than be used in a Kindle Fire tablet, these chips might instead be intended for a Liquavista screen equipped Kindle ereader.
We know that Amazon owns Liquavista, and we know that there's a good chance that Amazon is working on custom CPUs to put inside their hardware. Amazon even employs a system and chip architect that used to work at MediaTek, which could explain the rumored new connection with that chipmaker. And an ereader with a Liquavista screen could look a lot like a tablet don't you agree?
There's also a chance that these chips will be used in an entirely unknown device, though I'm not sure how to quantify that possibility. Thoughts?