Lenovo agrees memory supply's tight for LePad

Lenovo has become the latest to warn of supply problems following the tragedy in Japan, with reports emerging that it is worrying about shipments of its tablet computer, LePad.

A company executive told the WSJ the news as Lenovo started flogging its anticipated iPad rival LePad in China. It says the tablet may leave its Chinese stomping ground for worldwide sales by June.

Lenovo’s supply problems will not be unfamiliar to many technology companies who depend on both operations and components from Japan. DramXchange, as quoted by the Journal, says the average spot price of the popular 1-gigabit double data rate has risen by eight percent as manufacturers and computer makers scramble to fill their pockets.

Reports last week emerged that DDR3 prices to the contract market are steadily rising following the problems caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

DRAM Exchange said that prices had risen by over three percent, while Taiwanese manufacturer Nanya forecasts that its prices will rise by up to five percent.

Earlier this month a Merrill Lynch analyst also warned that chipmakers around the world would only have an estimated silicon wafer stock of around four to five months if Japanese suppliers failed to get their production lines moving again.

At the time, Malcolm Penn, analyst at Future Horizons, told TechEye that the silicon shortages were down to CEOs trying to stretch back as much as possible – so as soon as the earthquake hit, supply began to unravel.

As well as the likes of Qualcomm and Sony, ZTE has also saying that it expects supply problems caused by the crisis in Japan to last for the next three to six months. It says it’s having supply problems with components including battery cores, storage, and LCD panels.

Many are now rushing to Taiwan in light of the earthquake.