SAN JOSE, Calif. ( TheStreet) --The iPad has become the latest craze in the ballooning mobile device market. Its success will boost not only its maker, Apple (AAPL - Get Report), but the small companies that supply its parts.The mobile device component market is rife with companies with weak balance sheets and spotty earnings, but it's a fertile ground for solid growth stocks. Investors looking to play the smartphone explosion without buying pricey Apple or Research In Motion (RIMM) shares should consider Atmel (ATML - Get Report).
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