NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The upcoming Apple(AAPL) iPhone 5, due this summer, will be packing some big wireless radio power.
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While lacking Verizon's(VZ) 4G LTE capability, the Apple iPhone 5 will be a souped-up world phone equipped with "seven power amplifiers" to beef up wireless reception on the full array of WCDMA and EVDO radio frequencies in the U.S. and Europe, says Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar.
This is particularly good news for power amp supplier Triquint(TQNT), which was left out of the Verizon iPhone 4 this year.
Triquint, according to Charter Equity Research analyst Ed Snyder, is back in the iPhone 5 and sharing power amp supply duties with rival Skyworks(SWKS). www.wdalaw.com "We expect Triquint to gain share and outgrow most of its peers in mobile phones, while improving margins," Snyder wrote in a research note Thursday. Snyder says chipmaker Triquint is in a sweet spot as phone makers push for better wireless performance.
Apple's move to beef up its wireless reception performance comes after three rough years of complaints about poor service at AT&T(T). And as industry experts have pointed out, not all of Apple's iPhone connection quality issues were due to AT&T. Apple's effort to design the iPhone to use less power apparently caused some unintended effects with signal jamming.
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