Contributed by Dick James and Christopher Young

It's clear we're in the run-up to the gift-giving season, with multiple launches of  tablets and gaming systems.  Last week was the turn of the Microsoft Xbox One, and it's hard to believe it's been twelve years since the first Xbox was launched, and eight years...

November 26, 2013 | Read Article...

As I start to write, we’re ripping apart the Sony CXD90026G die to try and get a floorplan and see what’s in there.

However, before we get to that, let’s have a closer look at what was in the box. Underneath the mother board was a piece of tinplate with numerous holes cut in it, covering the fan and the heat sink. There’s a...

November 15, 2013 | Read Article...

Contributed by C. Young, T. Crane, J. Morrison, D. James and P. Gamache

We proudly partnered with iFixit for the PS4 launch and lined up outside of EB Games in Ottawa for the midnight release. Excitement was in the air, to say the least. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been seven years since Sony released their...

November 15, 2013 | Read Article...

As analysis keeps coming out of our labs we will be providing new information on the insides of the iPad Air.

Audio Amplifiers

Since last Thursday evening we have been searching for the audio amplifiers in the iPad Air. Last year’s iPad release featured Audio Amps from Cirrus Logic just like the iPhones have done now for a few...

November 1, 2013 | Read Article...

Launch day for Apple’s 5th generation iPad began very early as our team has been camped out at Bayshore in Ottawa since 4:00 am. We were second in line and our iPad Air made it back to the labs in no time at all. Last night, we had the opportunity to examine the high res images provided to us by our friends at iFixit via Melbourne,...

November 1, 2013 | Read Article...

Since we tore down the iPhone 5s last month, we have had a few questions as to the RF chips on the board, particularly from those that were also looking at the iFixit teardown - we had a different inventory from theirs.

The answer is quite simple; they sent a guy to Australia to take advantage of the time difference (15 hours ahead...

October 21, 2013 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

A couple of weeks ago we got hold of the newest iterations of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, the Note 3. Somehow Samsung have managed to make it even thinner and yet with a bigger screen, up to 5.7”. We got hold of both the AT&T LTE and generic non-LTE world-phone models, and while they look the same on the...

October 11, 2013 | Read Article...

Fingerprint Technology or Biometrics?

Contributed by Martin Bijman

Apple has raised interest in biometrics with the launch of the iPhone 5s and its new Touch ID feature. Biometrics stock valuations jumped briefly around the launch date as the market took a closer look. After all, biometrics is a good marketing term for Apple...

October 9, 2013 | Read Article...


Contributed by Dick James

Update (Oct 3rd) - Apple A7... and the Mystery of the Great SRAM Block

We said earlier that our floorplan was a best guess, and it was wise that we did – it appears that we got the L1 cache areas confused. Here’s the update:

[caption] Apple A7 Processor Floorplan[caption-end]

As you...

September 27, 2013 | Read Article...

Contributed by Jason Tanner, Jim Morrison, Dick James, Ray Fontaine and Phil Gamache

 

Mission Accomplished
Amidst long midnight lineups and rumors of supply shortages, we here at Chipworks have managed to get our hands on Apple's latest entry to the smartphone market: the iPhone 5s.

 

Phone in-hand, we did...

September 20, 2013 | Read Article...

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