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New part makers join in making iPad 3 to help drop prices

07/26, 7:40am

iPad 3 may be more cost efficient with Taiwan ICs

Manufacturing sources said Tuesday that Apple was turning to new integrated circuit suppliers to help in "adjusting the cost structure" for the iPad 3. Capella Microsystems, Integrated Memory Logic, Novatek Microelectronics, and Richtek Technology have all supposedly been asked to supply key chipsets, Digitimes heard. Capella would provide ambient light sensors, IML would provide gamma/Vcom buffers, Novatek would provide LCD drivers, and Richtek would supply integrated power management chips.

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Apple in talks with potential new ambient sensor maker

05/05, 12:05pm

Could solve problems with current iPhone tech

Apple is currently in talks with a Taiwanese firm, Capella Microsystems, that could see different ambient light sensors built into iPhones, industry sources say. Allegedly Capella has already delivered samples to Apple for verification. Apple's interest in testing them is said to stem from problems with the sensor in the iPhone 4; part orders would, however, only be made by the end of 2011 at the earliest, the sources add.

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