Contributed by Dick James

Recently Google launched their Pixel phone with great fanfare and media response. This is the first phone for which Google designed the hardware, software, and cloud ecosystem, as opposed to the Google Nexus phones, which used the Android operating system and Google branding, but the physical design was...

October 27, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

View our teardown blog on the iPhone 7

One of the lesser-known stories of mobile phone evolution is the development of proximity sensing in order to save power and disable touch screen functions when the phone is actually being used as a phone. This essentially means turning off the...

October 17, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by John Sullivan,

UPDATE October 27th 2016: Today Qualcomm announced a definitive agreement to purchase NXP. This acquisition instantly positions Qualcomm highly in the automotive market, in direct competition with Texas Instruments (rumoured to be amongst alternative bidders for NXP). This leaves us musing...

October 12, 2016 | Read Article...

 

Contributed by Mandi Gingerich

Now that we have had a look at Apple’s latest offering in the world of wearables, it’s time to dig into the latest from one of the original fitness tracker manufacturers, Fitbit. Replacing the Charge HR in Fitbit’s lineup is the new Charge 2, promising a few upgrades including...

October 7, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Mandi Gingerich and Jim Morrison

Just when you thought we might be finished with Apple-related teardown updates, here we are once again. We too had hoped to be through with this by now, but alas, there seems to have been a delay in delivery of our new Apple Watch. We’ve heard this is a fairly common...

September 28, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Stacy Wegner, Al Cowsky, Chad Davis, Dick James, Daniel Yang, Ray Fontaine and Jim Morrison

Download the complimentary iPhone 7 teardown report here

And the winner is….Intel, at least in the iPhone 7 A1778 we have in our lab. The Intel and Apple iPhone 7 rumors have been circulating...

September 15, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

As usual, within days of the August 19 launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, we had it in pieces and had identified most of the significant components that were inside.

 

APU and memory

The application processor that drives our phone is the Exynos 8 Octa (Exynos 8890), similar to the Galaxy S7 and...

September 12, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Ray Angers

Speculation about who will acquire analog semiconductor manufacturer Intersil is high in the latest chapter of the 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions story. Reports indicate that Japan’s Renesas, a leader in the automotive IC market, currently has offered US$3B for the Milpitas-based company. While Intersil...

September 8, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Daniel Yang, Mandi Gingerich and Phil Gamache

In today’s smartphones, a touch screen has become a must-have function. To implement this function, smartphone makers usually have to use two separate silicon components to fulfill both the touch function and the display driving function, a touch screen controller (...

September 6, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

Soitec Bounces Back, Makes Gains in Mobile Phones, Automotive

The week of July 11 was the week for the annual pilgrimage down to the Semicon West show, though it’s becoming less of a show these days than a gathering place for the industry, with multiple conferences in parallel, hence the motto for the event...

August 17, 2016 | Read Article...

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