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Peering under the BlackBerry Z10 hood

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone? baseband? LTE? GPU?

Speaking of Samsung, the Korean giant supplies a few key components for the BlackBerry Z10. Memory for the newest BlackBerry (a 16GB model) prominently featured Samsung components on the main handset PCB. Samsung provided both the system memory, in the form of 2 gigabytes of low-power DDR2 SDRAM, and the usable memory with a multi-chip memory package labelled KLMAG2GE4A that houses 16GB of MLC NAND flash and a memory controller.

Another interesting note is that Texas Instruments, a once-prominent partner of RIM/BlackBerry, now finds itself with very few design wins within the BlackBerry Z10. TI's biggest socket win is the WL1273L C a single-chip radio incorporating 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, and FM. Qualcomm has TI out.

BlackBerry Z10 teardown

Front view of the communications board.

BlackBerry Z10 teardown

View from the back.

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