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Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Back by popular demand! 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.

TI technology is also 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 4 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.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Smart phone, tablet or mobile device
  • Camera, voice recorder, video camera, tv remote
  • Headphones, speakers, music player
  • Watch, Pedometer, GPS navigator, Garage door opener
  • Computer components like mouse, monitor, keyboard

SAFETY TIPS: Before starting this challenge, make sure to have your chosen device approved by your team coach/leader/mentor/parent for safety purposes. Also note that some devices contain capacitors that hold a charge and extreme caution should be used. Any electrical device that contains a power source must be disconnected or removed before disassembly (unplug all cords and remove all batteries). You must wear safety glasses during the disassembly process.


iPad Deconstruction


For this challenge, our team decided to use an Apple iPad 2 to disassemble and evaluate. This is the first time we have ever taken apart a commercial electronic device, so it was a unique experience. Since the purpose of devices such as this iPad are to create an efficient, seamless experience for the user, our team thought this would be the best choice for this particular challenge. Furthermore, there are many different components in such a device, which all have to be working in tandem to create the best possible experience for the user. Another reason why we chose this particular device...

Headphones Deconstruction


For our project we took apart and researched the components inside of over-the-ear headphones. We did find one TI part called the WL1831MOD.

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Cracking open a Samsung Tablet


We opened up a Samsung Tab Pro 8.4 and extracted it's components.

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Dissection of iPhone 5s


People in the group:

Somil Jethra (11th grade)

Sean Marquez (11th grade)

Marius Cape Gabriel (11th grade)

We are team 20x from Reseda Charter High School. In the dissection of the iPhone 5s, we disassembled the phone and discovered parts such as the logic board,the iPhone screen and the lithium ion battery. We only found one Ti chip in the logic board. We also discovered other chips in the logic board  important for the functionality of the iPhone 5s. Overall, we have increased our awareness of the components inside the iPhone 5s after the...


Disassembling the Nokia phone


I selected a Nokia mobile phone. This phone is a compact and small phone and it is the Nokia 6303 model. I chose this device because it was an old mobile phone and I was curious to see how it works. Also, it is the only old phone my dad would allow me to disassemble! 

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Samsung S8+


Our team disassembled and analyzed the components of a Samsung S8+.  We looked for any Texas Instruments parts while learning what each part does and how it contributes to making the phone function properly.

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Team 8059Z's Electronics Online Challenge...


Ever since we joined the 8059 VEX Robotics team, we have used the VEX ARM® Cortex®-based Microcontroller (Cortex) extensively and its inner workings have always intrigued us. When we first heard about the TI Challenge, we did not hesitate to use this opportunity to break down and examine the components of the Cortex. After being granted permission to break down the Cortex we got to work, starting by researching basic electronic components and functions. We took photographs of all the individual components while we were disassembling the Cortex.

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Deconstructing the HP Mini Laptop 5103


This has been very fun and has been a learning experiance for everyone one my team.

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91F Fantomex Electronics Online Challenge...


This is team 91F Fantomex's submission to the Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments.

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Microchips and Components of a Goflex™ Desk...


 What chips make it possible to convert my USB 3.0 into SATA III: How does a device take two completely different standards and convert them?

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Lenovo G50059-380860--How a mobile laptop might...




Investigates the effectiveness of the hardware of laptop  computers vs. desktop counterparts

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82050A TI-Challenge


Team 82050A is a high school VRC team from John Fraser SS in Mississauga, Canada. For our Texas Instruments Challenge entry, a radio was disassembled and analyzed. 

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The Mysterious Media


A team member's parent was working on a media player, and we always wondered what he was doing, so we finally explored and took it apart to understand what was going on.

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3D Printer Disassembly 5868A


We are 5868A, a VEX team form Macao PuiChing Middle School. Our team wanted to take this challenge uniquely, which we decided to disassemble a 3D printer. It had taken us almost three weeks to fully dismantle it.

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PS4 Controller




We decided to disarm a PS4 controller because it is a...


2004 MacBook Disassembly


For the 2021 Texas Instruments sponsored Electronics Online Challenge, our team decided to disassemble a late 2004 MacBook Core 2 Duo. With our prior understanding of the density of components on a laptop logic board, it was highly likely that we would uncover Texas Instruments Chipsets on the board. 

This report will include the most important chips and components, and of course the Texas Instruments chipsets.

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Texas Instrument Robotics Challenge


The team 73001A of Mandarun Lakes was able to open a computer, research and study its parts. 

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Disassembling a Vex IQ Controller


Electronics Online Challenge - Vex IQ Controller

Team 2360V

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Disassembling a TiVo Series 2 DVR


The electronic device that I selected to take apart is a TiVo Series 2 DVR because I use it everyday. I originally wanted to take apart a television, but I did not have an extra. A TiVo is a computer-like device that has digital video recording (DVR) abilities. It allows people to record shows from cable TV.


Please see my final report for more details.

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Electronics Project


My name is Ridhima dasari and here is my submition. 

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Texas Instruments - Electronics Online Challenge...


We are a rookie team from Somerset, New Jersey - Team 71124A.

Here's our entry for the Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge..

BlackBerry -Deconstructed

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Disassembly of a Segway i2 SE PT


For this challenge, we chose to disassemble a Segway i2 SE PT to learn more about one of the first self-balancing mobility devices of its time. We wanted a better understanding of how the Segway devices were able to perform so accurately and robustly, as well as understanding how they were able to make their device balance itself. We found many components within the device, and our report details the unique and interesting interactions between them, along with discussing some of the design decisions made internally.

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Franklin High School Robotics (2079) -...


Essay With Images

Our robotics team decided to take apart an old iPhone 3gs as we wanted to discover the components behind a piece of technology as brilliant as the iPhone. Since we had this device laying around, we decided to disassemble this device to find out what was inside, and to determine if there were any Texas Instruments components.

Upon opening up the device, we found several components that
interested us. The first component was the CPU (Central...