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iFixit’s iPad Air Teardown Reveals Tightly Packed Innards Dominated By A Big Battery


Apple’s iPad Air goes on sale today – it’s easily the best iPad Apple’s put out so far, but we’re waiting with bated breath for the iPad mini with Retina display. Until then, however, the Air is also the most remarkable feat of engineering in any tablet device in terms of what goes on under the hood, or at least that’s what it looks like based on iFixit’s traditional day one teardown of the brand new device.

As it does with every new Apple product release, iFixit has managed to get its hands on one of the first shipping units available anywhere in the world, and they’ve immediately broken it open to see what makes it tick. In short, what makes it tick is a battery. It’s a huge one, and it takes up most of the space within the case – but it’s also actually still smaller than the battery of the iPad 4th generation, despite the fact that it’s a much more powerful machine.

This battery has only two cells, and is rated at 32.9 WHr capacity, while the last iPad held a three cell, 43 WHr unit. The new slimmed down lithium ion power source is supplying energy to the same screen as on the iPad it replaces, which is a 9.7-inch display. That means the increased battery efficiency is coming from somewhere else; it also probably means decreased component costs for Apple.

Other highlights from the teardown include a look at the A7 chip (which is actually a slightly different version to the one in the iPhone 5s), confirmation that it does have 1GB of RAM, and the RF components that include a Qualcomm LTE processor with 1GB of dedicated RAM itself, which helps account for the iPad Air’s magical range of LTE band connectivity.

iFixit concludes by saying that the iPad Air achieves a repairability score of just 2 out of 10, which is in line with the repairability score of Apple tablets in general. If you’re looking for something modular, however, you’re probably not looking for an extremely thin and light tablet that’s as portable as possible while still boasting impressive display and battery life. I’d never pop the case on one of these myself, but it’s definitely fun to take a peek inside courtesy of someone who’s brave enough to attempt it.

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iPhone 5 gets moderate teardown, discloses its priceless new innards

iPhone 5 gets mild teardown, reveals its precious new innards

With Apple’s shining brand-new iPhone 5 set to begin reaching people’s front doors tomorrow, it’s only proper for some individuals with early access to give the masses an inside appearance at what a lot of won’t ever get to see. And while it isn’t the usual suspects doing the damage favor on this event, we still appreciate the iPhone-Garage crew for putting in the time to dismantle Cupertino’s tale mobile. As you can easily see above, the iPhone 5’s innards aren’t established much in a different way than those of its predecessors, the 4 and 4S, which is to be anticipated given the similar type aspects between them. That said, the battery has discovered a semi-new home at the front end of the device, while the most evident change is the headphone jack now being located at the bottom, next to that newfangled Lightning interface. There’s an additional pic down below for every person’s viewing enjoyment, however we suggest having a look at the source below to obtain a far better glimpse of the full teardown therapy.

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Atari 2600s get PC innards, 22,857 times more processing power

Atari 2600s get PC innards, 22,857 times more processing power

Atari games redesigned in HTML 5 may bring back a flood of nostalgia, but they leave out a key part of the gaming experience: the classic hardware. Hard Drives Northwest filled that void by gutting a limited number of authentic Atari 2600s and stuffing them with modern PC components. Packing a Core i7 3.4GHz processor, the retro console now boasts 22,857 times more processing power than it did in its heyday, according to Microsoft’s calculations — more than enough oomph to handle the recent remakes. Other internals include 8GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD and a Radeon HD 6570 graphics card with 1GB of video memory. With support for USB 3.0 and 2.0, eSATA, DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI, the system is well stocked on the connectivity front. Finally, the signature of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell acts as the cherry atop the faux wood grain-toting package. While the souped-up machines aren’t up for sale, a pair of them are slated for a giveaway. Glamour shots and the full set of specs await you at the source.

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Atari 2600s get PC innards, 22,857 times more processing power originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Next-gen iPhone parts purportedly leak again, get assembled sans innards

Nextgen iPhone parts reportedly leak again, get assembled sans innards

Prepared for yet another supposed look at the next-gen Apple iPhone? Matching up with previous leaks we have actually stated on, the elongated iPhone body with a miniaturized docking port and cleaned metal back has actually appeared once again, this time courtesy of iLab Factory. While many of its parts look astoundingly similar to what we’ve currently seen, this is the very first time we’ve gotten a solid look at it fully put together from all positions– well, aside from the missing SIM card owner. While many of its all-important innards are plainly absent, this assembly does come total with exactly what seems the locking bows for the screen and residence button. As consistently, get the obligatory spoonful of salt chloride, then inspect it out for yourself at the gallery and links below.

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HP Envy Sleekbook 6z review: an inexpensive thin-and-light with AMD innards

DNP HP Envy Sleekbook 6z an almostUltrabook with AMD insides

HP has actually been fleshing out its Ultrabook schedule as of late, most recently including the metal-clad Envy Spectre XT to the mix, but the business is even taking care of the lower end of the market place with its Sleekbook line, announced back in May. Confusingly, these thin-and-light systems look precisely the exact same as the new Envy-branded Ultrabooks, except that the Sleekbooks are less pricey– such as due to the fact that for one reason or yet another they do not satisfy Intel’s Ultrabook rules. One such notebook, the Envy Sleekbook 6z, stands apart from the Ultrabook fold with an AMD Trinity APU– a spec that helps keep the starting price wonderful and low at $ 600.

That’s not to state that all of HP’s Sleekbooks ditch Intel processor chips, but provided the selection between and AMD – and Intel-based model we quickly picked the former. After all, the 6z is the first Trinity-powered system we’ve had the chance to examination, so we were naturally interested to see just how it stacks up against current Ivy Bridge appliances– and we picture you are, too. So without any type of more ado, let’s get to it.

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Nokia PureView 808 pops up at the FCC, has innards splayed across the internet

Nokia PureView 808 pops up at the FCC, gets its innards splayed across the internet

‘Twas only a matter of time, we suppose, before Uncle Sam got his mitts on Nokia’s mobile imaging monster, the 808 Pureview, and that time is now. The folks at the FCC got a real good look at the Symbian handset sporting a 41-megapixel shooter, and have torn it asunder to ensure it’s safe for human use. Before you go thinking that this visit to the FCC means that the 808’s coming to American carriers, recall that Nokia’s already nixed that idea. That said, if you’re like us, that won’t deter you from wanting to check out the drool-inducing pics of its innards in our gallery below. And, naturally, there’s all the electromagnetic measurements you can handle at the source link.

Nokia PureView 808 pops up at the FCC, has innards splayed across the internet originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 May 2012 12:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Boeing CST-100 capsule could shuttle astronauts to ISS, shows off its innards in Colorado Springs


With the Space Shuttle now officially grounded, NASA has been researching alternatives for ferrying astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station, orbiting some 230 miles above the planet. One such vehicle has made its way from Boeing’s HQ to the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, where a full-size model is on display for conference attendees. Externally, the spacecraft appears very similar to the reentry modules of yesteryear, measuring 14.5 feet with room for up to seven people. The craft is designed to make its way through the atmosphere mounted to an Atlas V rocket, and is rated for up to 10 roundtrip missions. As is typical with spacecraft, it looks like astronauts won’t be traveling with first-class accommodations — things will likely feel quite cozy when the CST-100 is at capacity — but such conditions come with the territory. There’s no date set for delivery, but the craft could be making its way to space as early as 2015, and has reportedly been tested in the Nevada desert as recently as this month.

Boeing CST-100 capsule could shuttle astronauts to ISS, shows off its innards in Colorado Springs originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Eyes-on the innards of Fujitsu’s K supercomputer

Eyes-on the innards of Fujitsu's K supercomputer

Fujitsu’s K supercomputer was on our radar before it was even completed, and naturally, we let you know when it smoked the competition and became the supercomputing speed king. So, when we had the opportunity to see a piece of K at Fujitsu’s North America Technology Forum today, we couldn’t pass it up. In case you forgot, K is a massive machine powered by 864 racks with 24 boards per rack housing SPARC64 CPUs. We got to see one of those boards, and Yuichiro Ajima — who designed the inter-connection chips (ICC) on them — was gracious enough to give us some more info on this most super of supercomputers.

As you can see in the gallery above, each board has extensive plumbing to keep the SPARC silicon running at a manageable 32 – 35 degrees Celsius (90 – 95 Fahrenheit) under load. Underneath that copper cooling system lies four processors interspersed between 32 memory modules (with 2GB per module) and four ICCs lined up next to the board’s rack interconnect ports. Currently, the system takes 30 megawatts to do its thing, though Ajima informed us that K’s theoretical max electricity consumption is about double that — for perspective, that means K could consume the entire output of some nuclear power plants. When asked if there were plans to add more racks should Fujitsu’s supercomputer lose its crown, Ajima-san said that while possible, there are no plans to do so — we’ll see if that changes should a worthy opponent present itself.

Eyes-on the innards of Fujitsu’s K supercomputer originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nest Thermostat Teardown Reveals Beautiful Innards, Powerful ARM CPU, Zigbee Radio


The Nest Thermostat is a gorgeous piece of eco-friendly electronics. But like you mom always said, it’s what’s inside that counts. Well then, she’ll be pleasantly pleased to find out that the inside of the Nest is as equally beautiful as the sleek exterior. The $ 249 thermostat might be costly, but a teardown posted on SparkFun shows the innards of a device worthy of such a price. Not only is it well-built, but the Nest is rocking serious processing power and connectivity options. Silly hyperbole alert: The Nest is a game changer.

It’s clear as you scroll through SparkFun’s pics that the Nest was designed and manufactured with an eye for detail. There doesn’t seem to be a wire or connector haphazardly placed. That’s to be expected. It’s creator, Tony Fadell, oversaw the iPod design and production during the first few years of the product’s life.

The Nest’s main PCB houses a surprising array of chips. The massive one in the center is a Sitara AM37x ARM Cortex-A8 that can run Linux, Android, and Windows Embedded CE and, thanks to a PowerVR core, OpenGL ES 2.0 is also supported. There’s also a ZigBee SoC that’s seemingly currently unused, lending to a theory that Nest has other devices in the works and will use ZigBee for wireless connectivity.

As Fadell explained to Sarah Lacy in a TCTV interview, the Nest learns from user behavior and eventually adjusts the home’s climate control based on previous activity. This requires a far amount of processing power, but the Nest has enough CPU juice to power a smartphone. The extra headroom no doubt increases the thermostat’s reliability while also allowing the company to expand on its feature set in the future.

Nest Labs quickly sold out of the first run. Another batch will hit in 2012 for the same $ 249 price. I’ll be the first to admit that the thermostat’s high upfront cost likely negates any savings it earns by intelligently adjusting a home’s heating and cooling system. But, and I say this with a smile on my face, I’d gladly throw money away just to hang a thermostat on my wall that has enough processing power to outgun many traditional computing devices.

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iFixit Tears Apart The Droid RAZR, Reveals Incredible Innards


The Droid RAZR was only just released today, but silly things like release dates don’t mean anything to the folks at iFixit. In a strange departure from their usual process, they’ve taken a giant knife to Motorola’s latest and greatest to show us all exactly what’s lurking under the hood.

Photos like this have limited appeal, I’m sure, but it’s a perfect opportunity to feast your eyes on a Qualcomm MDM6600 baseband chip or a Skyworks 77449 power amplifier module if you haven’t already. But seriously, if you thought the RAZR looked good on the outside, check out what Motorola had to do to cram all that good stuff inside. Regardless of how you may feel about the RAZR, iFixit’s teardown manages to illustrate how smart Motorola had to be with engineering and component placement.

Also revealed in the teardown is the RAZR’s massive 1750 mAh battery. As expected, it’s incredibly thin, and it’s nearly as big the RAZR’s entire backplate. Strangely, that didn’t keep our review unit from being a little fussy when it came to power consumption.

Now that I’ve met my daily quota for circuit board lust, you’ll have to excuse me: now I need to decide if I want to buy one of these things.

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