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The Apple Lightning Cable Has Four Embedded Chips [Photos]

The Apple Lightning Cable Has Four Embedded Chips [Photos]

Posted October 16, 2012 at 3:01pm by iClarified · 18580 views
Chipworks has closely examined the new Apple Lightning Cable and found four embedded chips.

Two of these chips are just a couple of transistors, the third is an NXP NX20P3, and the fourth is a TI chip marked "BQ2025". The TI chip appears to be a serial communication chip with some simple security features.

Previously, we have analyzed security devices regarding medical printer media (armbands), printer cartridges, flash drive memory, batteries, and smart cards, but this is the first secure cable we have seen. The security does not come close to the herculean approaches that are used in (for example) today's printer cartridges, but resembles the level of effort that cartridge manufacturers used to implement in the olden days. This is likely a calculated decision by Apple to keep costs to a minimum knowing that their core customer base prefers to shop in Apple stores or for brand name peripherals. In these places, piracy is not a concern. In other words, at this time the security is "just enough." With future generations of Apple and non-Apple products, we may begin to see even stronger security and control if the market forces merit it.

A recent report said authentication for the Lightning connector has already been cracked allowing third party companies to manufacturer accessories without approval from Apple.

More details and die photos at the link below...

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The Apple Lightning Cable Has Four Embedded Chips [Photos]

The Apple Lightning Cable Has Four Embedded Chips [Photos]
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Simon
Simon - October 16, 2012 at 6:46pm
I for one like the new plug. I'm sure the same Chinese factories that make the cables for apple will leak or sell the info needed to make copies at lower cost. Not a big deal IMHO.
odedo1
odedo1 - October 16, 2012 at 4:32pm
Greedy Apple, trust the Chinese to copy it !!!
Dark destroyer
Dark destroyer - October 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
apple always trying to find a way to screw us
scummy
scummy - October 16, 2012 at 3:44pm
"their core customer base prefers to shop in Apple stores" not really. People like good deals and will buy the cheap cables and such online. What a scummy thing to do by apple. Small R&D budget already and they use it for this.
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