Quanta Computer, the manufacturer behind Research In Motion’s (RIM) PlayBook tablet device, has decided to reduce production figures in their northern Taiwan factory because of a large decrease in orders. Not only that, the news is further compounded in a negative manner with preferential compensation (another nice term of asking you to leave by giving you cash to last you a few months, or years, depending on how long you’ve been employed) being offered to around 1,000 workers.
Quanta has confirmed the layoffs but did not want to comment on clients and orders. This would more or less mean the day is drawing close where RIM’s PlayBook will be taking the same road as HP’s TouchPad, but I don’t think it will be missed.
Well, you win some, you lose some, but RIM does seem to be on a losing streak, what with their BlackBerry smartphones not doing too well in the market either with Android and iOS devices slugging it out between each other for the lion’s share, leaving but scraps for the rest.