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Apple moves in with Qualcomm for Chipsets for A5 processors!

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on January 15, 2011

We have all heard about Verizon iPhone 4 launch this February. What this does to competition is a point in debate. I had stated that the Verizon deal will leap frog Apple over the Android-RIM lead positions. Canalys on the other hand predicts that iPhone Verizon will not really derail the Android Juggernaut.

Verizon iPhone 4 will be using a Qualcomm chipset for its CDMA radio (with no GSM capabilities) as opposed to the Infineon versions seen in the GSM iPhone 4. This isn’t much of a surprise by itself, but it paves the way for a major shift from Apple.

Come April and we will see the thinner, sleeker tablet will sport a new screen technology that is akin to (though not the same as) the iPhone 4’s Retina Display and will be “super high resolution”. The device will remain at 10 inches but will now feature both front and rear cameras (not a huge surprise), and… there’s an SD slot.

However, whats more interesting is the stuff under the hood. The new iPad will feature a dual GSM / CDMA chipset produced by Qualcomm and will mark Apple’s shift away from Infineon as its chipset maker to Qualcomm for all of its mobile devices. It’s not clear if the chipset being used will be based on the company’s EV-DO / HSPA Gobi variety or an entirely new design. Presumably, the strength of the new dual-mode chipset is that it will allow both Verizon and AT&T to offer the iPad simultaneously. Come mid 2011,and the iPhone 5 will feature a Qualcomm chipset that does triple duty as the CDMA / GSM / UMTS baseband processor. Apple is also at work on the second generation of its redesigned Apple TV, which will include that new A5 processor. It’s likely that the A5 will make it into the iPad 2 as well.

This then is complete move away from Infineon to Qualcomm that’s truly notable — marking one of the biggest shifts in suppliers and technology since the advent of the original iPhone.

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