There is a rumor started by DigiTimes that RIM has began production of the PlayBook at 200,000 units per month. The site isn’t totally reliable with its rumors and you have to question a site that asks for a $370 subscription fee to read its news. If true, it seems the Quanta plant in Taiwan is ramping up production to have 150,000 – 200,000 units ready to ship in February.
The numbers seem to be a bit of a low-ball, but there are a number of reasons why that might be. This is RIM’s first foray into the tablet market (not technically if you can’t the very first days of RIM), and perhaps they want to slow-roll the first tablets in case anything needs to be changed. It’s also possible there’s a shortage on some components that’s halting the production such as processors.
Either way, the PlayBook can’t come soon enough.