Tablets have increasingly gained acceptance over NetBooks and Laptops in the Last 12 Months and new consumers especially in China and India are not even having a second thought about Laptops and are directly logging on to Tablets. In the context of this development, we undertook a field research on who are the major component suppliers for building your own Tablet Brand and disrupt the market like Micromax did with Mobile Phone Handsets in India.
In this Article we’ll dissect and open the Tablet and see what the Major Components are and who are the Top 5 Suppliers for that component along with cost in US Dollar
Display Costs around $50. Samsung, LG Display, Chimei, Sharp and AUO are the Major Suppliers
NAND FlashCosts $32 for 32GB. Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix, Sandisk and Micron
Battery Cost upto $25. Simplo, Dynapack and Samsung
Applications ProcessorCosts around $18 per unit. Apple, Samsung, NVIDIA, Texas Instrument (TI) and Qualcomm have the major pie of the market
Baseband and TranceiversCosts around $18. Qualcomm has the bulk of market at 70% followed by Intel at 15% and others.
DRAMCosts $14. Samsung, Hynix, Elpida and Micron
RF and FEMCosts $12. Skyworks, Avago, Triquint and others
Touch Screen Costs $8. Nissha Printing, TPK, Young Fast and Wintek.
Image Sensor (camera) Costs $7. Omnivision, Samsung, Sony and Others
PCBCosts around $6. Ibiden, Unimicron and TTM are the Major Suppliers
PMICCosts $5. Qualcomm, Dialog Semi, Maxim and others
Key Components which cost less than $5 found in your Tablet are as follows,
Combo-chip (WiFi/BT/FM) Costs $4. Broadcom has the bulk of the market with 75% market share followed by TI and others
Touch Controller Costs $3. Broadcom, Atmel, Melfas and Cypress Semiconductors
Camera Module Costs $2.5. SEMCO, LG Innotek, Sharp, Hon Hai and Others
GPSCosts $2. Qualcomm, Broadcom and TI
LCD Driver ICCosts $1.5. Samsung, Renesas, Novatek and Himax are the major vendors
Camera Lens Costs $1. Largen, Genius, Hon Hai and Others
Electronic Compass Costs $0.75. AKM Semiconductor, Memsic and Samsung
Audio CodecCosts $0.5 Cirrus Logic, Wolfson Micro, ST Micro and Others
Speakers Costs $0.5. AAC, Dover, NXP and Others
MEMs MicrophoneCosts $0.4. Knowles, AAC, Akustica and Others
Thus the Approximate Cost of Sourcing one of the best components for your own branded tablet will cost you around $213.25. Of course you have the option to go for White Box Manufacturers [i.e they are already manufacturing tablets sourcing their own components and then they will print any brand you want] which saves you from the micro level sourcing and management but it’d be nice to get it from a reliable vendor or a manufacturer who has the above mentioned industry leading components in the tablet rather than unreliable ones.