After Hours

Cracking Open the Microsoft Zune HD

Chip roll call

The long rectangular chip near the center of the board is the Phison Electronics PS8006 NAND controller.

Above the dock connector is an Atmel 8 kilobit AT88SC0808CA CryptoMemory EEPROM chip.

On the left side (with the sine wave logo) is a Wolfson Micro WM8352 audio codec.

As evidenced by the writing on the dock connector, the Zune is actually manufactured by Foxconn, the same company that produces iPods for Apple.

Images by iFixit, used by permission


Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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