Israel’s N-Trig may provide the multitouch for the Google/HTC tablet for Verizon
Chrome OS or not, the much anticipated and rumored Google tablet that would be manufactured by HTC and sold by Verizon could employ some nifty touchscreen tech from N-Trig, an Israeli company that has made such displays for the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo.
This is the rumor of the day regarding the tablet that now apparently has the codename gPad. That may, of course, end up being the name under which it will be sold as well. Or not.
It is perhaps a bit ironic, if this rumor is true, that Microsoft has invested in N-Trig, but then again, there was never an exclusivity arrangement between the two companies. N-Trig’s tech is integrated into Windows 7. N-Trig has been known for creating displays that can respond to the touches of multiple fingers at the same time.
No new details about the tablet’s specs have surfaced at this time. So the only thing to go on is the previous rumor, that included the detail that it would run Chrome OS. And that may indeed be a possibility, but perhaps a more plausible idea would be that it ran Android. We’ll see.
Anyway, here’s a quick recap of the specs that were leaked before. The gPad would apparently be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, would have a resolution of 1280×720, 2 GB of RAM, an SSD of at least 32 GB, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, webcam, and a card reader.
The gPad is reportedly at the stage of a single prototype now, which means that it is a closely guarded secret even from N-trig employees.
These rumors stem from a source within HTC, and N-Trig officials have declined to comment. Which, as always with “no comment” responses, can either mean there’s nothing to comment on (and these allegations are bogus), or that they don’t want to give anything away by mistake (and everything you just read is true). If this tablet is real, do not worry, all the details you’ll ever want to know about it will leak at some point.