QCOM Chips in Verizon iPhone 4

In a detailed teardown of the new Verizon version of Apple’s iPhone 4, home repair website iFixit revealed yesterday that the device contains CDMA chips manufactured by San Diego-based Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM). The device includes both a Qualcomm MDM6600—a “world mode” baseband chip that can support both CDMA and GSM cellular frequencies—and a Qualcomm PM8028 power management chip. Though not unexpected, given Qualcomm’s position as the leading manufacturer of CDMA-capable communications chips, the news suggests that Qualcomm could have an important new customer in Apple, especially if large numbers of AT&T subscribers switch to Verizon in search of better network coverage.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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