Electronic Design Magazine has published detailed analysis of the components used in Apple's iPod products.

The report shows that a variety of different companies provide iPod parts, with the central processor in the parent product provided by PortalPlayer. This part is confirmed to be based on an ARM processor.

Parts from Samsung, Texas Instruments, Wolfson Microelectronics, Linear Technology were also identified in the product 'tear-down', which valued components at around 50 per cent of the product price.

Apple also introduced two power-management chips from Royal Philips Electronics in its third-generation iPod.

The iPod mini also contains a PortalPlayer chip, a HItachi Microdrive, and products from Linear Technology, Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor.

The report is available online.