Monday, October 29, 2012

Microsoft Surface TearDown

"Prominent ICs chips on the Surface motherboard: 
  • Purplish-Blue (R26, G48, B231; #1a30e7): Marvell 88W8797-BMP2 wireless MIMO SoC
  • Greenish-Yellow (R228, G230, B74; #e4e64a): Micron 2RE22 D9QBJ 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Greyish-Red (R163, G50, B25; #a33219): Nvidia quad-core 1.4GHz Tegra 3 ARM-based microprocessor
  • Bluish-Green (R97, G171, B162; #61aba2): Texas Instruments TPS659110 power management IC
  • Brownish-Orange (R198, G112, B36; #c67024): Samsung KLMBG4GE4A eMMC 32GB NAND Flash
  • Pale Violet with a Trace of Mauve (R181, G92, B227; #b55ce3): Wolfson 8962E ultra low power stereo audio codec
  • Cypress Semiconductor CY8C20466A capacitive touchscreen controller
  • Atmel MXT1386 touchscreen controller
  • M430 G2402
  • 1600P E284A " (from iFixIt's and
 more at Latest Microsoft Surface TearDown

Ron Maltiel
Microsoft Surface Teardown

We got our hands on Microsoft's new Surface, and to its credit, it lasted a good twenty minutes before we decided to tear it open.
Step 1 — Microsoft Surface Teardown 
Is that the display assembly from a PC laptop? Nope, it's the new Microsoft Surface with Windows RT.
Notable tech specs:
  •  0.6" ClearType HD Display (resolution of 1366x768 pixels)
  • Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 or 64 GB flash storage
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 720p HD Front and Rear facing LifeCams
To give the Surface laptop-like connectivity, nearly every edge includes ports and buttons. They are (from left to right):
Magnetic charging, USB 2.0, and Micro-HDMI out on the right side
 Magnetic connection for the Touch Cover or Type Cover on the bottom
 Headphone jack and volume rocker on the left side 

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