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Bertan/Spellman 225-20R HV power supply teardown

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Kerry Wong did a teardown of a Bertan 225-20R 20kV high voltage power supply: I just picked up another high voltage power supply, this time it is a working Bertan/Spellman 225-20R 20kV one. Unlike the Bertan 205A-05R that I did a teardown with last time which was entirely analog, this...

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GPS Disciplined Oscillator review and teardown

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Andy Brown did a teardown of a GPS Disciplined Oscillator: The design did actually surprise me. I was expecting to see an OCXO pulled from something else together with a modern GPS unit and an MCU to co-ordinate the synchronisation all mounted on a custom PCB. What we’ve actually got is...

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XBOX 360 GPU die decap: A look at the graphics processor silicon

Friday, November 11th, 2016

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ9OyubxoJQ[/embed] A teardown video of an XBOX 360 and analysis of GPU silicon die from Electronupdate. So, what makes an XBOX tick? One of the most notable parts will be the graphics sub system... and at the heart of it, the GPU. The GPU die is bonded onto a substrate...

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Tear down of a scientific calculator Integrated Circuit

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wza8DZtXuo[/embed] A detailed video teardown of a scientific calculator Integrated Circuit from Electronupdate. More info at Electronupdate blog.

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Sonicare toothbrush teardown: microcontroller, H bridge, and inductive charging

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Ken Shirriff did a teardown of a Sonicare electric toothbrush: The photos below show the top and bottom of the toothbrush internals. I expected to find a simple, low-cost mechanism, so I was surprised at how much complexity there was inside. The vibration mechanism (right) is built from multiple metal and...

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Teardown of a Static fieldmeter

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

A teardown of a Static fieldmeter from Kerry Wong: Static fieldmeters (or electrostatic fieldmeters) are typically used for non-contact measurements of the electrostatic field strength (usually in kV) of charged objects. These are highly specialized test instruments and most hobbyists probably seldomly have the opportunity of coming across one. So in this...

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Teardown and analysis of an Agilent 86109B Optical/Electrical DCA-X oscilloscope module

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Teardown and analysis of an Agilent 86109B Optical/Electrical DCA-X oscilloscope module from The Signal Path: In this episode Shahriar presents the inner workings of an Agilent 86109B optical/electrical DCA-X oscilloscope module. This particular model offers up to 50GHz of electrical bandwidth and an optical input capable of receiving up to...

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Contactless transit card teardown

Monday, July 25th, 2016

A RFID transit pass teardown from Electronupdate: Here is the die photo: super tiny. I bet they get thousands of dice off of each wafer. Looks like it's a protocol called MIFARE. Vendor of the chips is NXP. I think it's their ultra light family The amazing bit is that...

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Dewalt DW9118 battery charger teardown

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_xKzx_R840[/embed] Dewalt DW9118 battery charger teardown video from Electronupdate: Tear down of a failed Dewalt DW9118 charger. A look at the circuit board, the fuse, circuit topology and a decap an analysis of the Zilog Z86C04 controller. More info at Electronupdate blog.

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Wavetek 395 arbitrary waveform generator teardown

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Kerry Wong did a teardown of the Waveform 395 12 bit arbitrary waveform generator: I picked up a Wavetek 395 arbitrary waveform generator on eBay a few weeks ago. Wavetek 395 is a single channel, 12-bit resolution DDS AWG with a maximum clock frequency of 100 MHz. While the operation...

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Amazon’s cheapest multimeter teardown: The DT-830B

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

A teardown of Amazon's cheapest multimeter the DT-830B by Electronupdate: Purchased the cheapest multimeter I could find so I could extract the integrated circuit. A surprisingly simple IC! The actual meter design was much as expected. Poor attention to detail for higher voltages, concerning lack of fuses on current measurements......

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Analysis, operation, and modification of a switchmode power supply (SMPS) for variable output voltage

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Lindsay Wilson did a teardown/modification of a Chinese SMPS to allow an adjustable output voltage: I'm currently working on a product which uses a size 2430 "hobby" brushless motor and 25A electronic speed controller (ESC). In its "intended" use, the controller runs from two lithium-ion batteries with a total voltage...

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Teardown, repair and experiments with the Anritsu 37347A 20GHz Vector Network Analyzer

Friday, May 13th, 2016

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwAieDTRMdQ[/embed] Here's another great video teardown from TheSignalPath: In this episode Shahriar repairs an Anritsu 37347A 20GHz Two-Port Network Analyzer. The unit does not boot up and as a result its internal state is unknown. The boot fault is traced to a bad RTC module which has a built-in integrated...

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Lockitron Bolt teardown

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNAsLy73E1g[/embed] The crew from Fictiv wrote in to let us know about their special edition teardown video of Lockitron Bolt, which includes insights from the co-founder on material decisions, engineering insights, prototype development, and lots more. More details at Fictiv blog. Via the contact form.

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Philips T8 LED tube teardown

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

In a previous post Electronupdate did a teardown of a 48" T8 Cree LED tube, this time a 48" T8 Philips LED tube.  

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Teardown: A couple of laptop batteries (aftermarket vs original)

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Viktor writes:  I've recently opened up a few laptop batteries and decided to take some pictures. Keep reading if you've ever wondered just how different the Chinese aftermarket batteries are compared to the originals. More details at Karosium homepage.

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48″ T8 Cree LED tube teardown

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Electronupdate has posted a teardown video of 48" T8 Cree LED tube: LED based replacements for old T8 fixtures are finally becoming reasonably priced. I see two old competitors back at it again: CREE, and Philips. Both bulbs attractively priced, both 4000K. I tore down the Cree 1st. Longest circuit...

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Counterfeit Macbook charger teardown: convincing outside but dangerous inside

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Ken Shirriff writes, "What's inside a counterfeit Macbook charger? After my Macbook charger teardown, a reader sent me a charger he suspected was counterfeit. From the outside, this charger is almost a perfect match for an Apple charger, but disassembling the charger shows that it is very different on the...

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555 timer teardown: Inside the world’s most popular IC

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Another great teardown article by Ken Shirriff, a look inside the 555 timer chip: Given the popularity of the 555 timer, I thought it would be interesting to find out what's inside the 555 timer and how it works. While the 555 timer is usually sold as a black plastic...

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Teardown, repair & calibration of a Valhalla 2701C Programmable Precision DC voltage standard

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

A teardown and repair of a Valhalla 2701C Programmable Precision DC voltage standard from The Signal Path: In this episode Shahriar examines a faulty Valhalla 2701C Programmable Precision DC Reference instrument. Valhalla Scientific’s 2701C Programmable Precision DC Voltage Calibrator delivers ultra-precision, ultra-stable DC voltage from 100 nanovolts to 1200 volts. This unit...

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