With the smartwatch market gaining a lot of grip lately, we’re constantly looking for new bits of information concerning the future of wearables. Most of the time, the process pays off, and today we’ve once again dug out some interesting reports concerning Apple’s iWatch.
Lately, the iWatch has been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors, and the gadget has made it in the headlines for various reasons, including its possible price and potential hardware specifications. Today we’re going to circle back to the hardware and production topic, so join us after the break and we’ll discuss more.
Apple iWatch to be Built Using SiPs
According to supply chain sources cited by the Chinese media, Apple has already started producing the iWatch in small quantities. The smartwatch will allegedly be ready for launch in the second half of 2014, but more importantly, these fresh reports also claim that the iWatch will be built using SiPs (or system-in-package modules) as opposed to traditional PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards)
For those of you out there wondering, in layman’s terms a SiP can be defined as a number of integrated circuits, all wrapped up in an enclosed package. These types of components are usually used in small electronic devices, such as MP3 players and smartphones, as fewer external components are needed in order to make the device work, thus being less complex than traditional Printed Circuit Boards and simplifying the overall design. A SiP can contain various components, including flash memory, DRAM, CPU etc. This allows for the internal hardware to take up less space, but it also means that the production yield is smaller, mainly because if one component is faulty, then the entire package is compromised.
As far as who’s going to produce the SiPs, we’ve found out that Kinsus Interconnect Technology Corp, NanyaPCB and ASE Group (a.k.a. Advanced Semiconductor) are going to be the ones behind the production of the said component.
Sources in the supply chains are expecting shipments of 2.5 to 3 million units in the second quarter of the year, with production ramping up to 14-15 million units by the end of Q3. These numbers seem quite high, but other rumors have hinted at even higher figures, such as 65 million iWatch units being expected to be shipped in 2014.
In any case, the iWatch is rumored to make an official appearance in September (or even sooner), and now that the device has allegedly entered production, we’re bound to find out more about what makes it tick, sooner rather than later. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.