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Qualcomm may replace Infineon in iPhone 5 design

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Fri September 10, 2010

Qualcomm rumored again in iPhone plans

Talk of Apple snapping up Qualcomm chipsets for future iPhones gained momentum on Friday with a claim in Taiwan's Commercial Times that Apple has ordered large amounts of Qualcomm chips. Besides accommodating a CDMA iPhone many expect would ship early next year, the order might also be used for the next-generation model. Apple is already believed to have started work on the next-generation model and should still use Foxconn (Hon Hai) as the manufacturer.

The deal was reportedly forged because of the CDMA version and not because Qualcomm would sell the cellular baseband chips at a lower price than Infineon.

Apple may have already moved away from Infineon in the iPhone 4, but it still depends heavily on the company for the GSM and HSPA cellular components used in both the iPad and the iPhone 3GS. Infineon has so far lived up to expectations but may be limiting to expansion. It doesn't produce regular CDMA chipsets and was recently bought by Intel in a move that would discourage any development for Apple, which uses ARM processors and would undermine Intel's plans for Atom chips in phones.

None of the involved companies have commented on the rumor, although Intel has claimed that Steve Jobs likes the Infineon deal and implied that the existing partner might carry on in some form. [via Unwired View]

By Electronista Staff


  1. facebook_Justin

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    You say many would expect a CDMA iPhone next year. Where are you getting these results? Obviously an insane asylum, because anyone that expects Apple to work with a monopolistic CDMA provider must be insane.

  1. testudo

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    because anyone that expects Apple to work with a monopolistic CDMA provider must be insane.

    That's right. We all know Apple only deals with monopolistic GSM providers!

    And Apple would never work with a company h*** bent on controlling every little part of a device. That's Apple's job!

  1. AllanCook

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    It's large numbers of chips. A large amount of Jell-O. See the difference?

  1. CarlRJ

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    Why CDMA?

    92 million Verizon CDMA subscribers who have had the opportunity to jump to AT&T for the iPhone for the past few years, and have not done so, along with 40 million or so China Telecom CDMA subscribers. That's why.

    Apple's doing well in the GSM markets. SmartPhones are getting more and more popular. Verizon is about a third of the US cellphone market (and, again, those customers not jumped ship to AT&T). Verizon's LTE network is not going to have really full coverage for years. So, if Apple wants to sell iPhones to increasingly smartphone-hungry Verizon subscribers, they need a CDMA-capable version. Add to this that AT&T's exclusive deal will be expiring soon.

    I'd really like to see an iPhone 4 with a Qualcomm hybrid chip that can do GSM or CDMA (not at the same time of course) from the same phone. This would allow Apple to continue making just one (new/revised) model, and sell it anywhere. A less hardwired chip would also mean access to markets with GSM on "non-standard" frequencies (e.g. T-Mobile).

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