Citing “numerous sources in Asia,” Thomas Weisel analyst Jason Pflaum said today that Apple will use controller chips from semiconductor company SigmaTel for a new player it’s planning to launch before the holidays. But unlike Apple’s iPod and iPod mini, the new player will reportedly use solid-state flash memory, which offers less capacity but provides the company an opportunity to create a device smaller and lighter than the current iPod models. No other details were provided.