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Examining Google's Nexus 7 tablet

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? power management IC? wireless transceiver?

The combination of a high-end processor, a multitude of applications optimized for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a $199 price tag for the 8 Gb model give Google a chance to make a dent in the tablet market. Early indications are that the pre-orders for the Nexus 7 are substantial. If Google succeeds with Nexus 7, the pressure will grow on Apple to introduce its own 7-inch model, the protests of the late Steve Jobs notwithstanding.

Key components
Nvidia Tegra 3: Quad-core mobile applications processor
Hynix H5TC2G83CFR: 2 Gb DDR3 SDRAM
Kingston KE44B026BN: 8GB memory module
Realtek (RMC) ALC5642: Audio codec and headphone amplifier
Maxim MAX77612A: Power management IC
Texas Instruments TPS63020: Buck-boost converter; SN75LVDS83B LVDS display serdes
Fairchild FDMC6675BZ: P-channel power MOSFET
ELAN Microelectronics eKTF3624BWS and eKTH1036BWS: Controllers for resistive touchscreen
Broadcom BCM4751: Integrated monolithic GPS receiver
InvenSense MPU-6050: Six-axis (gyro and accelerometer) MEMS device
AzureWave AW-NH665: 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM radio module
NXP Semiconductor PN65: Secure NFC module

Back side view of the Nexus 7 communications board.

The Google Nexus 7 Tablet as manufactured by ASUS.

Removing the back cover of the Nexus 7.

Removing the back cover of the Nexus 7 reveals some of the key internal components.


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