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Tearing down the new iPad

Tech | | March 20, 2012, 1:43 pm
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A handout image released by iFixit.com shows the logic board from a new iPad.

A handout image released by iFixit.com shows the logic board from a new iPad.

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Apple doesn't disclose which company makes the components that go into its smartphones, and insists its suppliers keep quiet.

Apple doesn't disclose which company makes the components that go into its smartphones, and insists its suppliers keep quiet.

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A handout image released by iFixit.com shows a dismantled iPad. Broadcom supplies a semiconductor handling wireless tasks like WiFi and Bluetooth, according to iFixit.

A handout image released by iFixit.com shows a dismantled iPad. Broadcom supplies a semiconductor handling wireless tasks like WiFi and Bluetooth, according to iFixit.

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A handout image released by iFixit.com shows the shell of a new iPad. A source familiar with the device's components told Reuters that Samsung and LG Electronics will both supply their liquid crystal displays for the iPad.

A handout image released by iFixit.com shows the shell of a new iPad. A source familiar with the device's components told Reuters that Samsung and LG Electronics will both supply their liquid crystal displays for the iPad.

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A handout image released by iFixit.com shows a new iPad logic board being removed. iFixit said the iPad's display, removed using two bright orange suction cups, appears to be from Samsung.

A handout image released by iFixit.com shows a new iPad logic board being removed. iFixit said the iPad's display, removed using two bright orange suction cups, appears to be from Samsung.

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The iPad's new A5X application processor, with improved graphics horsepower, is based on energy-efficient technology licensed from Britain's ARM Holding and is manufactured by Qualcomm, as in past Apple devices.

The iPad's new A5X application processor, with improved graphics horsepower, is based on energy-efficient technology licensed from Britain's ARM Holding and is manufactured by Qualcomm, as in past Apple devices.

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A NAND flash memory chip, used to store media like music and video, is supplied by Toshiba. Japan's Elpida provides the DRAM chips.

A NAND flash memory chip, used to store media like music and video, is supplied by Toshiba. Japan's Elpida provides the DRAM chips.

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A handout image released by iFixit.com shows components from a new iPad

A handout image released by iFixit.com shows components from a new iPad

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In this handout image, iFixit.com shows a micro-SIM card slot from a new iPad. The iPad includes a Qualcomm LTE cellphone chip as well as a Qualcomm wireless modem for 3G and 4G.

In this handout image, iFixit.com shows a micro-SIM card slot from a new iPad. The iPad includes a Qualcomm LTE cellphone chip as well as a Qualcomm wireless modem for 3G and 4G.

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The iPad teardown also revealed chips from Avago Technologies, Triquint Semiconductor and Fairchild.

The iPad teardown also revealed chips from Avago Technologies, Triquint Semiconductor and Fairchild.

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A handout image released by iFixit.com shows a new iPad is opened using a heat gun and a plastic tool.

A handout image released by iFixit.com shows a new iPad is opened using a heat gun and a plastic tool.