New S5 teardown shows multiple Qualcomm/Avago parts, among others

A Chipworks teardown of Samsung's Galaxy S5 has turned up six Qualcomm (QCOM) chips: Two power management ICs, two RF transceivers, an audio codec IC, and the previously-disclosed Snapdragon 801 baseband/app processor.

One of the power management ICs is part of Qualcomm's much-hyped RF front end, and improves 4G battery life via envelope tracking. Google/LG's Nexus 5 also contains the chip.

Three Avago (AVGO) RF components are also inside the S5, including a 2G/3G/4G module. It's worth noting a phone's RF circuitry can vary depending on the particular market it's being sold into.

Other components include an Audience (ADNC) voice processor, a Lattice Semi (LSCC) FPGA, an RF Micro (RFMD) antenna control chip (the company has strong Galaxy S4 exposure), and a Silicon Image (SIMG) MHL video transmitter IC.

A previous teardown from a Russian site revealed components from Maxim, Synaptics, NXP, InvenSense, and Skyworks (SWKS). Aside from the Skyworks components (apparently swapped out for Avago parts in Chipworks' S5 model), the Chipworks teardown largely turns up the same parts.

Earlier: Snapdragon 600 inside Amazon's Fire TV set-top

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  • robertkassel
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    It's like a daisy chain. Samsung steals Qualcomm's technology and that very same technology was stolen from Parkervision by Qualcomm. A jury in Orlando in the matter of Parkervision vs. Qualcomm in front of Judge Roy Dalton handed down a verdict which found Qualcomm guilty of infringing on Parkervisions' RF technology among other technology developed and patented by Parker. Stay tuned for a May 1 hearing in front of the judge at which time he may indicate his decisions on several post trial motions made by both sides. If you think Samsung might have problems they're nothing compared to the potential damage to Qualcomm.
    2 Apr 2014, 08:17 PM Reply Like
  • Hawkeyes 2011
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    Very serious negative things you are saying to the world robertkassel. As far as I know from public information available all over the internet you appear to be way out of bounds in regard to Samsung, Qualcomm, and Parkervision. Please point to real evidence of your comments being remotely true or I guess I can assume you are just making wild speculations?
    2 Apr 2014, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • Doublewide Investing
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    Does this teardown indicate a loss of Broadcom, compared to S4 ?
    2 Apr 2014, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • David RG
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    It appears that Broadcom still has the combo connectivity chip. Just not confirmed yet. The teardown did not report who won that slot.
    2 Apr 2014, 10:28 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    It looks like Broadcom kept the combo chip slot, but lost the NFC slot to NXP.

    2 Apr 2014, 11:28 PM Reply Like
  • robertkassel
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    to verify my comments just look up Parkervision vs. Qualcomm , District Court in Orlando, Fla. All of the relevant information I referenced is right there.
    3 Apr 2014, 10:12 AM Reply Like
  • calikym
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    The supplier information is on the Apple website. Public information.
    3 Apr 2014, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • David RG
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    Not for Samsung products :-)
    3 Apr 2014, 04:47 PM Reply Like
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