Apple’s iPhone 5 And iPad 2 To Use Qualcomm Chips

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Apple will no longer use the recently Intel acquired, Infineon, as their manufacturer of baseband chips for the iPhone. According to China Economic News, “Apple has reportedly chosen Qualcomm over Infineon as the supplier of its iPhone5 chips after Intel acquired Infineon`s wireless unit. Industry executives estimate Qualcomm Inc. would contract Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to make the third-generation (3G) wireless chips.” The report also mentions that Apple will forgo using Broadcom baseband chips for the iPad 2, and use Qualcomm as well. If these reports are true, this is a big WIN for Qualcomm. Could this be a move to help Apple transition to a CDMA/LTE iPhone – we sure hope so!

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