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Image gallery: Tearing down Kindle Fire

Posted: 25 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? WLAN/Bluetooth? touchscreen controller?

In this teardown, UBM TechInsights looks into the inner workings of a recently released tablet, Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Kindle Fire began shipping last November 15. With a retail cost of $199, Kindle Fire features a 7-inch display, a 1GHz OMAP 4430 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments Inc., up to 7.5 hours of battery life, Wi-Fi capability and 8 gigabytes of NAND flash memory storage.

According to UBM TechInsights' preliminary estimate, the Kindle Fire carries bill of materials costs of $143.

Out of the box

 Kindle Fire packaging

A look at the packaging and accessories of the Kindle Fire.

 Kindle Fire packaging

A look at the front of the Kindle Fire.

 Kindle Fire back

Here's the back of the Kindle Fire.

 Kindle Fire

Prying apart the casing of the Kindle Fire.

 Kindle Fire

Separating the casing from the display.

 Kindle Fire separated

More separating.

 Kindle Fire uses tabs

Much like RIM's Playbook, the Kindle Fire uses tabs to keep the casing together.

Kindle Fire opened

Much success at opening the unit.

 Kindle Fire

Removing the main board from the Kindle Fire by removing the holding screws.

 Kindle Fire

Separating the main board from the unit.

 Kindle Fire

The board separated, connected only by a simple flex cable.

 Kindle Fire battery

The battery.

The touchscreen controller of the Kindle Fire, located in the bottom right, is a major design win for Taiwanese company Ilitek.

 OMAP 4430

A closer look at the OMAP 4430 applications processor from Texas Instruments.

 wireless module

A closer look inside the Jorjin wireless module and the Texas Instruments WL1270B 802.11b/g/n WiFi + Bluetooth and Triquint TQM679002 WLAN/Bluetooth front-end module.

 LG Display unit TD10

A closer look at the LG Display unit TD10.

 touchscreen controller

A closer look at Ilitek's major design win of the touchscreen controller.

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