Appleinsider recent reports suggested that Apple has finally made up its mind regarding the firms which will be supplying it with the pertinent radio chips for its next-Generation iPhone. According to the released Industry analysis of US semi conductor market, iPhone 5 will feature radical RF technology.Among the supplier lists the most prominent supplier would be the Skyworks (Massachusetts-based analog semiconductor manufacturer) which will be supplying the LTE power amplifiers for bands 13 and 17 at $0.75 along with supplying the 2G/EDGE power amplifier module (costing $1.00) and the WLAN PA/low noise amplifier (costing $0.50) for the much awaited upcoming iPhone. These three chips will cost $3.00 in circuitry, contrary to earlier $1.20 for iPhone 4S components.
Apple will scrap the existing surface acoustic wave (SAW) RF filters and on its place, it will opt for film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs). Well, opting for FBARs is going to give many-fold benefits to Apple. Besides improving efficiency FBARs will also facilitate price reduction.
Avago Technologies has been nominated as next-gen iPhone RF filter supplier. Reportedly, this company is preparing to increase production in coming time and it was eying on Apple’s order since some time and that was the chief reason it started gearing up itself and spent about tens of millions, in order to bag orders from Cupertino-based company. Avago also sees a possibility of reducing the size of the filter without affecting its performance.
As Apple has decided to go ahead with RF filter technology, inessential to say that Apple’s next gen- iPhone, iPhone 5 will not only be worth noticing but it might supersede over the existing smartphones in the market in terms of performance and versatility.