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received from Maw-Rong Chin
elements get ahold of the just-released Apple iPhone. He and his intrepid
co-workers kept the cameras rolling as they popped the cover and dove inside what
is possibly the hottest consumer device on the planet (click icon for video:). The
teardown is a follow-up to the company's teardowns of the latest gaming systems
(Opportunities abound in nex-gen gaming platforms) and provides insight into what
exactly Apple is doing to make a strong entry into the cell phone market.
Approximately 3 million iPhones were released in the United States at 6 pm local
time on June 29th. The mass appeal and interest in the iPhone is a combination of
Apple marketing, an interesting and interactive user interface, and the ability to
"There are phones available in the market that have better functionality than the
iPhone, but much like how there were better MP3 players than the iPod, the iPhone
really sets itself apart from its competitors with an interactive touch screen and it's
integration of iTunes," stated Allan Yogasingam, SI's supply chain manager. "Not to
mention a really slick design. The first thing you say when you see an iPhone is,
SI's technical marketing manager, Greg Quirk, equates the iPhone in some ways to
the Nintendo Wii () in that the technology inside the system is not altogether
remarkable, but Nintendo's revolutionary user interface is what set it apart from the
Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's Xbox line.
Going inside, "The first thing that strikes us as SI looked at the insides of the
iPhone, are the number of Apple branded components," said Quirk. That makes it
difficult to discern what parts make up the iPhone. To get inside the chips, SI
resorted to decapping, a process that involves immersing the chips in acid to
dissolve the outer packaging and then manually scraping away any residual
There were three parts with the Apple logo, and another four that seemed to have a
numbering scheme similar to Apple's without any discernable manufacturer
markings. "The first Apple branded component is the Samsung processor, which is
a three stacked die package containing an S5L8900 and two 512 Mbit SRAM dice,"
said Quirk. While SI has not seen the S5L8900 marking before, it said the
numbering conforms to other Samsung processors found in smart phones and
COMMACK, N.Y. —
Semiconductor Insights' Allan
Yogasingam waited in line for
12 hours and braved the
The second Apple branded part is the Broadcom BCM5973A. While there is no
information available about this part, but SI believes it provides the I/O controller
used for the video interface to the touch screen. Philips designs the third part, with
markings that start "with something like LPC2221," said Quirk. Further investigation
into the component's purpose is ongoing.
Infineon manufactures two of the six remaining unknown parts. Infineon's PMB8876
S-Gold 2 multimedia engine with EDGE functionality provides the iPhone's
baseband. The second Infineon part appears to be the GSM RF transceiver. Another
component is the National Semiconductor 24-bit RGB display interface serializer.
The other components are more difficult to determine, but it appears that one is a
Texas Instruments power-management device, another is a multichip package with
STMicroelectronics and Peregrine Semiconductor die markings, and the third has
no discernable markings aside from the characters "PMA19".
"What is also interesting are the components that are similar between the iPhone
and some of the latest iPod models," added Quirk. "Apple is taking what they
learned, and redesigning it into their phone. This surely made the design process
easier for them, as they are familiar with the components and how to implement
them." For example, Samsung's 65-nm 8-Gbyte MLC NAND flash (K9MCG08U5M)
was used in the iPhone. "This is the exact same component that was used in the
8-Gbyte iPod nano," said Quirk. "This memory is used to store things like songs,
pictures, and videos. Samsung provides the K9HBG08U1M in the 4-Gbyte version of
The audio codec is the Wolfson WM8758. "This is the same codec that was used in
the iPod video, making the sound quality similar to what you experience from your
iPod," said Quirk. Other similar components to the iPod, are parts from Linear
Technology and Silicon Storage Technologies.
The new components include wireless connectivity and touch screen. The Marvell
88W8686 is a 90-nm WLAN device, the same die can also be found in the Wi2Wi
802.11 + Bluetooth System in Package Solution. The CSR BlueCore 4 ROM is a
Bluetooth device that was also used in the BlackBerry Pearl 8100.
Balda, a German company, scored the design win with the touch screen. "Balda is
known for making touch screen that are durable and scratch resistant, a common
complaint of the screen in iPods," said Quirk. According to Quirk, Balda has worked
with Nokia, Motorola and Sony-Ericsson, but this is their most visible design, which
should enhance their visibility.
The iPhone also implements Intel wireless flash with 32 Mbytes of NOR coupled
with 16 Mbytes of SRAM for code execution. "Interestingly, many in the industry
predicted a design win for Intel, but thought it would be for an Intel (now Marvell)
applications processor instead of flash memory," said Quirk.
Among the related articles below, Portelligent's David Carey takes issue with some
of SI's findings, and found several other iPhone design winners.
Commack, NY — Analysts at Portelligent did a quick overnight teardown of the Apple
iPhone and uncovered yet more semiconductor design wins, while succumbing to
an unusually high level of giddiness over the simplicity and grace of the device and
its software-enabled user interface.
"To state the obvious, this is a milestone product for both Apple and the wireless
industry, so having a place among the suppliers of key ICs that enable the iPhone
carries heavy bragging rights in the semiconductor industry," said David Carey,
president and chief technology officer at Portelligent. "Without pre-judging the
commercial success of the iPhone itself, there's no doubt that the semiconductor
makers who have chips in this product view their design-win as having significance
that goes beyond just the revenue implications — it helps validate their solution and
Portelligent agreed with many of the findings of Semiconductor Insights in its initial
report (see: Under the Hood: Inside the Apple iPhone), including design wins by
Infineon, Wolfson, Skyworks, Marvell, CSR, Samsung, STMicroelectronics,
Broadcom, Texas Instruments and Linear Technology. However, it also found a few
more and disagrees with a couple of SI's findings.
"The Samsung memory for the Samsung processor is a package-on-package
construction and is Mobile DDR SDRAM, not SRAM as indicated [by SI]," said Carey.
He also believes that the NXP part is the main power management unit [SI pointed
to the Texas Instruments chip as the PMU], and that the NXP chip is, "possibly
corresponding to or similar to the PCF50633." Carey also clarified that National
Semiconductor got the design win, "at both ends of a Mobile Pixel Link LCD
interface, one device on the board, and another on the glass."
Adding to the list of design wins, Carey confirmed that STMicro provides the LIS302
accelerometer and that Micron got the 2-megapixel CMOS imager win. "Others I
suppose could be used if it's a standard module and the same applies to the
storage NAND and a few other parts of a commodity nature," he said. Finally,
Amperex Technology Limited supplied the Li-Poly battery, "but this too likely is multi-
In summation, Carey said, "My overall reaction was an engineering fascination at
the shoehorning used to pack it all in; dead airspace was kept to a minimum."
While the chips were interesting, Carey was enamored by the software that gave the
device its characteristic ease of use. However, "Despite external simplicity and a
serene look-and-feel, the internal implementation is actually quite complex," he
siad. "There are many secondary operations, fastener screws, and difficult
orientations needed for final assembly, making the manufacture of the iPhone in
China a near-must."
Try as he might to remain objective, this veteran of many hundreds of teardowns of
the latest technological offerings, finally came clean: "I'm still a bit giddy from playing
with it — it really has a jewelery-like quality in some respects. I'll reserve on further
gushing until potential warts emerge — I'm sure there are some latent faults — but
it's hard to deny the 'Wow Factor' at the moment."
(06/28/2007 10:43 AM EDT)
MANHASSET, N.Y. — As the hype
over Apple's iPhone reaches its
climax with Friday's (June 29) launch, an industry consultant is posing a
fundamental question: Can Apple sustain iPhone's initial momentum over the next
four months in areas like volume, price and profitability?
The iPhone is "one of the few products whose brand affinity is more essential than
its technology" at launch, said Al Delattre, the global managing director of
Accenture's electronics and high technology business practice. Indeed, "the loyal
Apple community, techno-geeks and those who identify technology as fashion" will
ensure that the launch succeeds.
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But Delattre said there is a big difference between the proven performance of the iPod and the yet-untested promise of the iPhone.
Apple's iPod was launched when digital music downloads were still illegal, and the portable digital music player market was yet to be established. IPod's iconic product
status allowed Apple to become "a market definer," explained Delattre.
With the iPhone, Apple is making "a full frontal assault" on the mobile phone market, which is "brutally competitive, very advanced, occupied and established," he said. "It's a
So far, media reviews of iPhone, based on four models pre-released by Apple, have been positive. Reviewers have praised its sleek look and feel. But Delattre cautioned
that iPhone's success in the mass market still hinges on a number of mundane factors: durability of the hardware, network performance, quality of the service and how well
"I would look [out] 30 days, 60 days and 120 days after the iPhone launch," Delattre said in an interview. After one month, he said, the market will know whether the device
really works. "We would find out if there are any fundamental glitches in the device." At 60 days, "We would know if iPhone is still selling well. But more importantly, we would
find out how many of them are coming back to stores as 'broken'," he said.
"Portable devices can get broken," he explained. "Many consumers could return products—even in perfect condition—because they couldn't figure out how to use it."
At 120 days, "we would know the market price, profit margin, whether volume is still there and what strategies Apple may have in enhancing the product lineup."
Unlike the launch of the iPod, the iPhone will also endure intense scrutiny from bloggers and creative "YouTubers," Delattre said. If they find flaws, critics will spread the
word far and wide.
Accenture recently completed a research report that surveyed 700 consumer electronics companies including Apple. Accenture identified two categories of companies—
"market definers" and "value-scaled players." Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) were the only two companies rated as "market definers."
Noting that Accenture's research covered the period between 1999 and 2006, when both Apple's iPod and RIM's Blackberry were runaway hits, Delattre added: "We haven't
seen any company yet that has been able to sustain its high performance."