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)