SAN JOSE, Calif. – Information on what's inside the Apple iPad2 is becoming available as teardown experts open up the first tablets going on sale. Here are some pictures and analysis from our sister division UBM TechInsights which is in the process of burrowing into the secrets of the system—including Apple's new A5 microprocessor.
There are major design wins for Qualcomm again with the MDM6600. Essentially Qualcomm has pushed Infineon--whose wireless properties now belong to Intel--right out of Apple’s flagship products.
"It makes you wonder if Intel might have buyer’s remorse considering they purchased Infineon while it had the iPhone and iPad design wins," said Allan Yogasingam, a technical marketing manager with TechInsights, a division of United Business Media, the publisher of EE Times.
The iPad2 had significant reuse from past products. "The wireless data card, for example, shows virtually 100 percent of the same components we found in the corresponding sockets of the Verizon iPhone 4," said Yogasingam.
The iPad2 communications board (below) includes the following chips:
--A Qualcomm PM8028 power management IC
--A Skyworks SKY77711-4 power amplifier module for CDMA/PCS
--A Skyworks SKY77710-4 power amplifier module for dual-mode CDMA/AMPS
--An Avago AFI05Z front end module
--A Toshiba Y9A0A111308LA memory package
--A Qualcomm MDM6600 multi-mode baseband supporting GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA, HSDPA and HSPA+ as well as EV-DO
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1. Qualcomm beats back Infineon
2. Estimated iPad2 BoM: $270
3. Inside the A5 microprocessor