After a Toshiba exec confirmed last week that the company had plans to launch at least two iPad rivals this year, new rumors out of Taipei have tipped Compal and NVIDIA as the manufacturing and hardware heavyweights behind the upcoming tablets. According to DigiTimes, NVIDIA’s second-gen Tegra chipset – which is capable of Full HD 1080p video together with performance gaming – will be powering both Toshiba’s Android and Windows slates.
As for Compal Electronics, they’re the OEM tipped to manufacture both products for Toshiba, with initial shipments expected to kick off in late 2010 or early 2010. DigiTimes also say that the dual-display model uses “Windows CE 7″, which we’re presuming is a typo and should say Windows 7; there’s speculation that Toshiba are developing hardware for Microsoft’s Courier platform, which is supposedly based on a heavily customized Win7 build. As for the Android tablet, that’s apparently a 10-inch slate targeted at the entry-level market.