ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Verizon version of the Apple iPhone 4 uses a multimode Qualcomm processor opening the door to a future global iPhone, according to a teardown analysis.
The handset uses a Qualcomm MDM6600 capable of handling GSM, CDMA, GPRS/EDGE and HSPA+ networks, said analysts at UBM TechInsights, a division of United Business Media, the publisher of EE Times.
"There was obviously no surprise that there was a Qualcomm baseband, but I must admit I was surprised that it was an MDM device as opposed to a QSC Qualcomm Single Chip," said Steve Bitton, a UBM TechInsights product manager who conducted the teardown. "The A4 handles the processing load, so minimal cellular requirements need to be met," Bitton said.
"Perhaps an MDM device is more in line with what Apple wants to do with the iPhone 5," he said. "For the iPhone 5, I would predict an MDM device, but not necessarily the MDM6600," he added.
The MDM6600 consists of a baseband and transceiver in a single package, according to the teardown. Unlike some single-chip Qualcomm devices, it does not include a power management die, forcing Apple to adopt the Qualcomm PM8028 that has appeared in several UBM TechInsights teardowns recently.
"Apple is potentially setting themselves up for their next iteration of
the iPhone to be a fully global phone," said Allan Yogasingam, a technical marketing manager with UBM
TechInsights. "This will help
them save time and money in research and development and it bodes well
for Qualcomm in the future as they may have helped pave the way for a
future design win," he said.
Previously analysts at UBM TechInsights projected Apple could shave $25 off the cost of the new iPhone 4.
A full list of major chips in the iPhone 4 version for Verizon is available here.