Armtab: First tablet computer made in Armenia unveiled

Armtab: First tablet computer made in Armenia unveiled

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The long-awaited tablet of Armenian make has become a reality. The computer called Armtab manufactured by the first production company registered in the Free Economic Zone of Armenia, Armenian-U.S. Technology and Science Dynamics, was officially presented to the public on Tuesday.


Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan attended the ceremony, thanking those who stand behind the program. He described it as a major success since “in a long-term sense Armenia finds one of the most important sectors of specialization in its economy.”

“I am convinced that any young person who will use this tablet will be proud to be using an Armenian device. If we are able to reap all the fruits of this industry, it will mean that in another 10 years’ time our economy will be more productive, and from the point of view of productivity we will be a competitive nation,” said the prime minister.

The idea of Armtab was first presented during the Digitec Expo 2013 international technological exhibition, and during the GITI-2013 regional event it received two awards for “Best Multimedia Project”, and “Year’s Software Support”.

The software and hardware support for the tablet is implemented in Armenia, while assembly is conducted in the United States and Hong Kong.

In the next three years Technology & Science Dynamics is expected to increase the production of tablets from 10,000 to 50,000, while the price of one tablet will be $180, with the self-cost estimated at $135.

Minno Tablet Corporation President Eric Ryan described this investment program as the best, saying that Minno Tablet will ensure an effective launch of the project and the necessary financial resources for its development, technology transfer as well as other support.

“I admire the Armenian technological talent and potential and I am sure that very soon with our support Armenia will get its worldwide recognition as a high-tech country,” said Ryan.

During the event, the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia and Technology & Science Dynamics signed a memorandum of understanding, providing for Armtab tablets introduction in the Armenian educational system in 2015.

“The Ministry of Education and Science will thus acquire a new and effective tool of creating a serious Armenian educational environment. It will also open up broad opportunities for cooperation for Armenian companies. We will do everything to boost the production proper in the second quarter of 2014 with a view to designing and developing PCB boards on which the tablet is based in Armenia,” said Technology & Science Dynamics Corporation founder Vahan Chakaryan.

Since 2008, information technologies have been considered as a priority sector of Armenia’s economy. The sector comprises 360 companies, with more than 9,300 specialists involved.

Speaking about the results in the IT sector in 2013 Prime Minister Sargsyan said that double-digit economic growth in it has a continuous nature, while the number of those employed in the sector has increased by 1,800 over the last year, standing at 11,000, of whom about 9,000 are highly qualified engineers.