RIM Chooses Qualcomm Baseband Processor For BlackBerry Storm
A recent teardown of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Storm marks a shift in OEMs for the phone meant to compete with Apple’s iPhone 3G. According to the iSuppli, RIM has opted for Qualcomm’s MSM6700 baseband processor in favor of their usual manufacturer, Marvell. Qualcomm’s processor provides the phone with EvDO air standard support and eliminates multiple basebands and radio frequency chains.
The teardown records a $202.89 BOM, surpassing the 8-GB iPhone 3G, which according to iSuppli has a $174.33 BOM. “The higher cost and component cost of the Storm is to be expected, given its support for both 3GPP- and 3GPP2-based technologies,” said Andrew Rassweiler principal analyst, teardown services manager, for iSuppli.
Other key components of the touchscreen phone include Synaptics Inc.’s capacitive touchscreen overlay; SanDisk Corp.’s 8Gbyte MicroSD memory; and Samsung Electronics Co.’s MCP, containing 8 Gbytes of MLC memory.
RIM also went with a one-click screen in favor of a multi-touch.
In the United States, Verizon is selling the BlackBerry Storm for $249.99 with a $50 rebate, bringing the balance to $199.99—the same selling price point as iPhone.
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