The iPhone 4, at its core, is tantamount to Apple offering a handheld version of the iPad, according to a report.
In a teardown of the iPhone 4, TechInsights found "at least seven chips from the...Apple tablet," according to the report. TechInsights will come out later with a full report on the teardown of iPhone 4. TechInsights is a division of United Business Media, the publisher of EE Times.
While it's well know that, like the iPad, the iPhone 4 uses the A4 chip, Apple's latest phone also reuses a number of other iPad parts including a Broadcom Bluetooth FM radio combo chip (the BCM4329), Broadcom GPS device (the BCM4750), and Cirrus Logic audio codec (the 338S0589), according to EE Times.
The iPhone 4 and iPad also share common flash chips--a Samsung 256 Gbit NAND flash device (the K9TFG08U5M) and a combo device from Numonyx, EE Times said.
"Design reuse is clearly a big focus for Apple these days. For example, the iPhone 4 continues Apple's use of baseband and transceiver chips from Infineon despite a highly competitive market for such chips. The handset also uses the same Dialog power management chip Apple put in the iPad," EE Times said.