iFixit, bless their hearts, have taken a Kindle Fire to pieces, though as it turns out, there aren’t too many pieces to begin with. The battery is one huge unit, and all the processing and I/O occurs on a single PCB at the bottom of the device.
There are plenty of cables out there that are essentially just long pieces of metal protected by a rubber sheath. Their job is to carry a voltage, and they do. Thunderbolt (and presumably other, non-branded versions like Sony’s) is a little different. It seems that not all the horsepower is in the port; some has to be offloaded onto the cable itself. This teardown at iFixit shows it’s… → Read More
The silicon fiends out there will want to take a look at Chipworks’ teardown of the A5 processor inside the iPad 2. There’s not much there for laypeople, though at over 120mm2 it’s more than twice the size of the A4 (53mm2), which, as you may imagine, allows them to fit more cores, more transistors, and a bigger GPU. → Read More
There isn’t much in the way of significant changes except the inclusion of the cameras, the spec bump to A5 and (as rumored) 512MB of RAM, and of course the generally thinner profile. One thing: the speakers are laughably small, though probably no smaller than the competition. One of these days a tablet will come along that doesn’t make your music sound like it’s at the bottom of… → Read More