Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Amazon Kindle 2 Dissassembly and Specs

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As many know, the Amazon Kindle 2 was released just yesterday for $359. Already, some brave souls at ifixit have done a complete teardown of the unit. They have a pretty detailed guide on how to do it in case you happen to be crazy enough to attempt it too. The good part? Some of the specifications revealed are interesting:
  • Processor: 532 MHz 90nm ARM-11 Freescale MCIMX31L multimedia processor. Clocks faster thant the iPhone 3G, slower than the BlackBerry Bold, and a bit quicker than the BlackBerry Curve 8900
  • It is actually thinner than the iPhone 3G!
  • 1530 mAh lithium polymer battery, Model No. S11S01A. It's a 3.7 V. The battery weighs about 10% of the total weight of the Kindle.
  • Samsung K4X1G323PC 32MB mobile DDR SDRAM chip
  • moviNAND package: 2GB flash and controller
  • A secretive Amazon subsidiary by the name of Lab126 designed both the Kindle 1 and Kindle 2
  • The E-Ink panel is not protected by any extra covering
  • The E-Ink display still displays a crysal clear image when the battery is removed
  • Freescale, Samsung, and Epson are the manufacturers of most of the relatively larger chips in the Kindle
  • MC13783VK5 battery management chip
  • The E-Ink chip is branded by Epson as well
  • An outline of a SIM card might have been for development and debugging... perhaps a future international release

Well there you have it. Want to see for yourself? It apparently only entails removing 26 screws and disconnecting 4 connectors. Keep in mind that this is usually not a good thing to do if you ever have to go through the warranty department...

More info here, and here


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