Tuesday, July 03, 2007

iSuppli: Apple To Generate Margin Of 55% On Each 8GB

"Apple Inc. (AAPL) is expected to generate a margin of more than 55% on each 8-gigabyte iPhone it sells, a report from U.S. market research firm iSuppli Corp. said Tuesday.

The El Segundo, Calif.-based research firm said the 8-gigabyte phone launched in the U.S. late last month and retailing for US$599, has a total hardware bill- of-materials and manufacturing cost of $265.83.

The researcher said Infineon Technologies AG (IFX) of Germany is expected to benefit from increased sales of the iPhone. Infineon supplies the digital baseband, radio-frequency transceiver and power-management device for the new phone, which enable much of the core communications capability. iSuppli said Infineon's chip content accounts for $15.25 worth of the iphone's bill-of materials, representing 6.1% of the 8-gigabyte version of the product's total cost."

But the researcher said the biggest winner among the component suppliers for the iPhone is South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. (005930.SE)."

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