The market research firm estimates the new iPhone 3G S – or at least the 16GB model – has about $172.46 worth of materials and costs $6.50 to make. In total, that’s a little over $4 more than the previous iPhone at release last year and quite a bit more than the Palm Pre. Toshiba scored the biggest single design win in the 3G S, with its 16GB MLC NAND flash costing $24. The 3.5-inch display module was the second priciest component estimated at $19.25, while costs of the associated touch-screen display electronics followed in third at $16.
Samsung supplies the applications processor, priced at $14.46, and Infineon continues to supply its PMB8878 baseband chip for an estimated $13. Meanwhile, Broadcom replaced discreet Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips from Marvell and CSR, respectively, with a $5.95 part that handles both features in addition to having a tiny FM radio receiver on board – even though the iPhone currently has no FM-receiving features. A complete breakdown of the iPhone's components can be found at iSuppli’s website.
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