Research firm iSuppli has taken apart the iPhone to carry out a teardown analysis of its costs and components. iSuppli established that the 8GB iPhone's Bill-of-Materials and manufacturing costs were around the $265 (£133) mark - pretty much as it had anticipated back in January.
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Several iPhone teardowns to identify components have already been reported, but iSuppli has broken down the Bill-of-Materials elements of major components to establish the costs.
Some of the key component costs, according iSuppli are:
- Infineon semiconductors (digital baseband, radio-frequency transceiver and power management devices) - $15.25 (6.1% of BoM cost)
- National semiconductors (connecting display to graphics convertor) - $1.50 (1%)
- TPK Solutions/Balda (touchscreen display module) - $27 (10.8%)
- Epson, Sharp and Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co. Ltd (touchscreen display) - $24.50 (9.8%)
- Samsung (applications processor) - $14.25 (5.4%)
- Samsung (NAND flash memory and DRAM) - $48 ( $24in 4GB iPhone) (18%)
- Samsung (1Gbit of Double Data Rate SDRAM) - $14(5.3%)
- CSR plc (Bluetooth chip) - $1.90(1%)
- Marvell (Wi-Fi baseband chip) - $6(2.3%)