The global supply chain for tablet computers is expected to brace for “acute shortages” of parts and components, including memory chips, gyroscopes, capacitors, chip-resistors, cover glass and even bismaleimide-triazine (BT) resin, which will seriously affect shipments of iPad-like tablets, reports “DigiTimes” (, quoting sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

The market had originally expected the tight supply of components and key materials caused by the Japan earthquake will ease in May, the article adds. Contrary to the expectations, the crisis of the possible interruption of the supply chain now is likely to emerge in the second half of May, say the unnamed sources.