Apple is expected to significantly increase the adoption of IPD (integrated passive devices) for new iPhones and other iOS products, providing robust business opportunities for manufacturing partners TSMC and Amkor, according to industry sources.
STATS ChipPAC says IPDs are a cost effective way to reduce footprint, reduce interconnection complexity, improve component tolerance, yield and reliability.
"By integrating and fabricating passive devices at the silicon wafer level, STATS ChipPAC is able to fabricate IPDs which are significantly smaller, thinner and with higher performance than standard passive devices."
It's unclear if Apple plans to use space gained to expand the battery or slim down the device. Please download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.