Apple Partners with CDMA Giant Qualcomm for Fifth Gen iPhone and Second Gen iPad Baseband Chipsets

Submitted by lalit on September 29, 2010 - 10:48pm.

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has finalized component suppliers for its next generation iPhone and iPad lineup. The one major change in the component suppliers is that Qualcomm will replace Infineon for baseband chipset. Infineon supplies the GSM/3G chipsets for current generation iPhone 4 and iPad models, but Qualcomm will replace it in next generation according to Economic Daily News.

Rumors are Apple will start using Qualcomm’s new baseband chipset that combines support for both GSM and CDMA network on a single wireless chipset. By using Qualcomm chipset Apple will be able to support both GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, along with CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint via a single iPhone model. It has also been rumored that Apple will release a CDMA only version on current iPhone 4 early next year before introducing next generation iPhone with combined GSM and CDMA support.

Other component suppliers for next generation iPad and iPhone models include CPU from Samsung, WiFi chip from Marvell, Flash chip from Intel, touchscreen controller from Broadcom, audio chip from Wolfson, video chip from National Semiconductor/Infineon, Bluetooth from CSR and power management chip from TI.