Friday Video: Dave Jones’ Amazon Kindle Fire teardown reveals several System Realization secrets

Everyone enjoys a good product teardown and no one does them better than Dave Jones, who publishes the EEVBlog. This week, Dave tore into the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and reveals a few juicy tidbits from its system design. That’s Dave’s value add for these teardowns: his trademarked running commentary about how the subject system has been engineered. In this teardown, Dave discusses:

  • The embedded RFID tag and why you might want to include on inside of a product.
  • Shielding tricks used in the assembly of the Kindle Fire tablet.
  • The 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor (dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor complex, 45nm process technology)
  • The special hard EMI shield placed on the main board to shield the processor-SDRAM complex because of the many high-speed LPDDR2 signal lines between the processor and the SDRAM
  • The 3W Class D audio amplifier used to drive headphones

Here’s the video:

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2 Responses to Friday Video: Dave Jones’ Amazon Kindle Fire teardown reveals several System Realization secrets

  1. George Hawkins says:

    Mr. Jones,
    I am wondering since Kindle Fire has a Skype app / if I can plug a
    camera w mic in to the usb for communications ? Also can I use
    head phones that have a mic / or can I only listen ?
    Thanks.
    George

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