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Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

Texas Instruments (TI) is one of the largest semiconductor design and manufacturing companies in the world. That means we make amazing technology that is inside many of the most innovative electronic products you use every day. For example, you may not have realized it but TI technology is at the heart of the VEX IQ controller and many TI components are used inside the device. We want to challenge you to look at your world with the eyes of an engineer and explore the inner-workings of an electronic device of your choice. Once you choose a product, you will deconstruct the device, catalog what you find inside, and then submit a final report with your findings on what you discovered.

You may not realize it, but TI technology is probably inside many of the electronic products you use every day. For example, TI components are inside the VEX IQ controller, BEATS headphones, GoPro Hero 3 camera, Tesla cars, and the Samsung Galaxy. We challenge you to find a device (we recommend choosing something you don’t mind breaking apart, for example an old phone), and carefully deconstruct the device so you can find out what electronic components are inside. Most semiconductor chips are labeled with the company name and component name. Then conduct online research to discover what the component does and what its role might be within the entire system of the electronic device. Some examples of devices you could select to deconstruct:

  • Phone
  • Tablet
  • Music player
  • Pedometer
  • Headphones
  • GPS navigator
  • Speakers
  • Garage opener
  • Camera
  • Computer mouse
  • Voice recorder
  • Watch



Dell motherboard computer

Used for TI vex challange created by Robert J. Leggio

all these parts listed came from a old dell computer motherboard

all these parts listed is what make the computer run

intel af82801jdo: it is an i/o controller on a motherboard

i/o stands for input/output controller and used for the interface of an input or output for the 

devices hardware typically found

on a computer.this is usually used on a motherboard for extra devices on the motherboard 



C64 teardown

A teardown and explantion of the main chips within the 1984 computer, The Commadore 64. The Photos and 300 word report is in the DOCX file.

EDIT: Doc file will not attach correctly. Report will be contained below. Photos will be uploaded to imgur and placed in the links section.

                                           BEGIN REPORT


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Vexmen Team 80N TI challenge


 Vexmen Team 80N

Texas Instruments Vex Online Challenge

            Our team, 80N, took part in the Vex EDR Texas Instruments Challenge over the 2015 summer. We took apart an HP pavilion DV7 laptop, because we wanted to explore a device with many parts. We thought we could learn even more than we would with a smaller device, like a phone. Throughout this challenge we learned about where many parts can be found, such as a processor, fan, battery, and many more.

When we...


Game Boy Advance


Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge


The deconstructed was a Game Boy Advance (GBA) made by Nintendo. It was chosen because it was no longer functional.


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4154C Deconstruction of Panasonic Transcriber by...


Link to Document in link section. List of parts inside of a Panasonic RR-830 Transcriber along with their functions within the sytem as a whole and including countries and/or factories of origin.

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4154A iPhone 3G vs Palm Pixi


Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

Ben Levine

Period 3

Mr. W

I chose two older cell phones: the iPhone 3G by Apple and the Pixi Plus by Palm. I chose these two cell phones because both phones represented development and growth for both companies. For Apple, this meant moving forward and refreshing the iPhone with newer hardware, but for Palm, this represented something much bigger. For Palm, this gave way to the new phone lineup, which included two phones: The...


Deconstruction of a TI Nspire CX Calculator


Cameron Knight

Deconstruction of a TI Nspire CX Calculator

I chose to deconstruct a TI Nspire calculator because I was interested in what was making this calculator, that I had used to help me, work. I was surprised to find very few chips and fairly little circuitry. It seemed like most of the...