Broadcom Chairman confirms under oath: Broadcom chip inside Apple’s iPhone

“It’s been a rumor for months, but Broadcom Corp. Chairman Henry Samueli has confirmed – under oath – that one of the Irvine semiconductor company’s chips will be used in the new Apple iPhone,” John Gittelsohn reports for The Orange County Register.

Gittelsohn reports, “Samueli, who testified Jan. 16 in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against his company by Qualcomm Inc., was asked on the stand if there is a commitment to using a Broadcom chip in the iPhone, which Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a week earlier. ‘We actually do have the chip inside the Iphone (sic),’ the court transcript quoted Samueli saying.”

“Apple has not identified which chipmakers will supply parts for the iPhone, which is expected to go on sale late this spring for $499. It is a touch-screen-controlled device that can play music, surf the Internet and deliver voice mail and e-mail. Other companies rumored to be furnishing chips for the iPhone are Samsung Electronics Co. and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Broadcom already supplies video chips used in some of Apple’s iPods,” Gittelsohn reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill” for the heads up.]

Related article:
At least three ARM processors inside Apple’s iPhone – February 07, 2007

6 Comments

  1. funny how samsung releases a phone resembling the iphone while they have had their hands on the specs for some time now. i wonder how many phones will be ripped off the market from court battles in the next year?

  2. This testimony was clearly anticipated by both Broadcom and Apple. Apple will build versatility and interchangeability in its devices to overcome supply chain limitations. Don’t put much value on the Chmn’s statement.

  3. Many Samsung cell phones are high-style knock-offs of successful products first developed by other vendors. However, Samsung phones generally do not offer very good software design, audio quality, RF (signal reception) and file-transfer interoperability. Many of their phones share these same basic problems…

  4. What if the final iPhone has a core solo processor?, what if the one they showed was only to let them know that apple has finally made a iPhone, but the final version will be more powerful? May me they just showed that iPhone to distract competitor from the real specs of the final iPhone.

  5. Viktor, let us all be thankful that you aren’t designing the iPhone.

    A Core Solo processor draws over 10 watts of power even when it’s running idle. That would make for a very effective hand-warmer, although given the capacity of mobile phone batteries it’d only be on for an hour or so. Who on Earth would build such a phone?

    The iPhone is, however, based on at least one ARM chip as are almost all modern mobile phones. They’re pretty nifty little processors – high performance for their clock speed – but most importantly they draw very little power. Indeed the latest generation of ARM chips typically draw about 500 milliwatts for the fastest chips, which run at about 1GHz.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.