Sources at notebook component makers told DigiTimes that ASUS is expected to ship 400,000 tablets in the first half of this year, making it the largest tablet maker behind Apple. Additionally, the sources also reveal ASUS' plan to launch a Google Chrome netbook with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 by the end of 2011.
The sources pointed out that Asustek's US$399 entry-level tablet PC has successfully boosted its demand in the US and the company is already preparing for the second-generation Eee Pad Transformer, using Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 and Google's next-generation operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich), set for launch in October at the earliest.
Asustek will also take over Acer's position and become the largest client of Nvidia for ARM-based CPUs with Asustek estimated to place orders for 2.5 million Tegra 2/3 CPUs in 2011. In addition to tablet PCs, Asustek is also said to be planning to launch a notebook using Nvidia Tegra 3 with Google Chrome for launch at the end of 2011.