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  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 First to 10 nm

    With the first set of Samsung Galaxy S8 teardowns, we have access now to the first SoCs produced on “10 nm” class technology.

    April 24, 2017 | Read Article...


    Samsung Galaxy S8 Teardown

    We are excited to announce receipt of our Galaxy S8. Our blog details teardown findings including cost observations, verification of the 10 nm LPE process, commentary on the Qualcomm WTR5975 Gigabit LTE Transceiver and envelope tracking power supplies, information on rear and front facing cameras a list of design wins, and much more...

    April 7, 2017 | Read Article...


    Nintendo Switch Teardown

    Today is launch day for Nintendo’s latest gaming system release, the console-tablet combo aptly known as the Nintendo Switch, and we have received ours right on time. Before anyone could power it up and reacquaint themselves with their childhood heroes, Mario and Zelda, our lab is of course busy taking it apart...

    March 3, 2017 | Read Article...


    A look at the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage Portfolio

    Microsoft recently launched a new service to their cloud customers offering protection against patent infringement lawsuits. TechInsights was given early access to the patents being made available to Microsoft’s customers via the Azure IP Advantage program...

    February 10, 2017 | Read Article...


    AirPods and the W1 wireless SoC: Squeezing innovative technology inside very small packages

    The AirPods were announced back in September of 2016 and our analysis team at TechInsights had eagerly anticipated them to be for sale in October. However, October and November came and went and still no AirPods and no real explanation of why they were delayed....

    January 20, 2017 | Read Article...


    Google Pixel and Xiaomi Mi 5s – Form, Fit, and Function Are Similar – but the Price?

    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...


    STMicroelectronics’ Time-of-Flight Sensors and the Starship Enterprise Show up in the iPhone 7 Series

    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 screen (and the touch capability tasks) when the phone is brought up to the ear.

    October 17, 2016 | Read Article...


    Growth by Acquisition: Qualcomm in Talks to Acquire NXP

    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...

    October 12, 2016 | Read Article...


    Fitbit Charge 2 Teardown

    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 a larger OLED display, at the same price point.

    October 7, 2016 | Read Article...


    Apple Watch Series 2 Teardown

    The latest iteration of the Apple Watch, dubbed Series 2, has been upgraded to improve its functionality as a primarily fitness-tracker device. Only a hair thicker and weighing in heavier than the original, this Watch looks largely the same, until you turn it on and observe the brighter display.

    September 28, 2016 | Read Article...


    Apple iPhone 7 Teardown

    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 around for a while, but from our experience, we know better not to believe everything we hear.

    September 15, 2016 | Read Article...


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