With its paper-like display, wireless capability and thousands of titles from Amazon's catalog behind it, the Kindle may be the first e-book reader to gain broad acceptance. Watch as I crack open the Kindle's case and examine the circuitry inside.
The Kindle is 7.5 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick. It weighs 10.3 ounces. The Kindle has a QWERTY keypad, easy-to-use navigation buttons, wireless connectivity, an SD card reader, headphone jack, and 6-inch display, which offers 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi.
Overall, the Amazon Kindle was surprisingly easy to crack open. The process required no special tools and took about 30 minutes. Except for the E-Ink ribbon cable, which gave me a little trouble, reassembling the Kindle was equally straightforward. When put back together, our Kindle worked perfectly.
Our Kindle test unit had the following components:
- AnyData DTEV-Dual 3G CDMA EVDO Module
- Marvell PXA255 XScale application processor
- Samsung KFG2G16Q2M 2GB OneNAND flash memory
- NXP ISP1761BE Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus On-The-Go controller
- NXP LM75A temperature sensor
- Spansion S29AL004D 4 Megabit CMOS Boot Sector Flash Memory
- Texas Instruments 83A1T0J G1 WJ245 chip
- Texas Instruments SN74LVC32A Quadruple 2-Input Postive-OR Gate
- Qimonda HY[B/E]25L256160AF 256-MBit Mobile-RAM (DRAM)
- Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) M24L416256SA 4-Mbit Pseudo Static RAM (PSRAM)
- Analog Devices ADG3247 digital switches for CMOS
- Analog Devices ADG33 D4BRU chip
- Wolfson Microelectronics WM8971 stereo, audio codec
- STMicroelectronics 74LCX125MTR Low voltage CMOS quad bus buffer (package TSSOP14)
- Microchip Technology
- PVI display controller (PVI-6001A)
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.