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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

Entries

 

Dell motherboard computer

leggiorobbie

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 

allowing...


 

C64 teardown

rockyjaymc

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

Dave643

 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

pwood

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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555-555-5555

team0000

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4154C Deconstruction of Panasonic Transcriber by...

ussr4154

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

ussr4154

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

pwood

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...



 

Texas Instruments online challenge

5297B

5297A has disassembled a blackberry iPAQ phone! See our reports about the disassembly!

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Yuanling primary schoo Texas Instruments...

ylxxrobot

Yuanling primary schoo Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

 

 

   By searching information and studying old electronic devices, we found that many electronic products use chips of Texas Instruments. Finally, we selected a Panasonic mobile phone GD92. This was the first mobile phone owned by  our team member Zhan Yifan's mother after she had a job. Her mother has kept this mobile phone for 15 years. We believe that what her mother wants to retain is not only the mobile phone itself, but also the memories along with it....


Kindle 3rd Gen Deconstruction

team1410vex

This the Entry for Team 1410L

Link to the PDF(if provided one doesnt work)

Both images and the Final report is on the PDF

 

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Headphone report

7700GRollingRobots

HeadPhones Deconstruction Report

by : Team 7700G Rolling Robots, Glendale

1. Plastic cone with copper coil

2.Magnet

3.Magnet holder

4.Wire and electronics

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Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

puppylovr101n

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2012 Edition tablet is the device for the Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge.  The tablet was the most interesting device on the preferred list of deconstructing devices I had lying around.

Throughout the deconstruction I did not find any Texas Instrument components.  I did find out multitudes of information about the inside of my tablet. I learned there are different types of touchscreens such as resistive, acoustic, surface capacitive, optical imaging, infrared, etc.  From my research I have discovered my device uses...


 

Roomba

naspringman

Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

9364C

Essay In Downloads

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Journey Through the DS

Proto-Knights

The electronic piece our group disassembled was a DSi, we chose because we thought the Nintendo DSi was not too simple or complicated making a nicely rounded project. The DSi is a Nintendo device made for handheld gaming. It's the third generation of the original DS. It can go on the Internet and is able to download games. With 2 screens (one allowing touch interaction and the other being only a display interface),a stylus for the touch screen, and a set of buttons including the directional pad, L and R bumpers, and the A, B, Y, and X buttons allowing you to interact with the...


 

Headphone report

7700GRollingRobots

HeadPhones Deconstruction Report

by : Team 7700G Rolling Robots, Glendale

1. Plastic cone with copper coil

2.Magnet

3.Magnet holder

4.Wire and electronics

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Vex Online Challenge: TI Challenge 918D

Bombsquad

Vex Online Challenge: TI Challenge 918D

 

For our teams challenge, we broke apart an alarm clock and looked at all the parts inside. We first unscrewed the bottom screws to the alarm clock. Our team then separated the bottom from the top of the clock to take out the electronics. We did the alarm clock since we did have very many old pieces of technology. We also did not want to do a calculator since that is what we thought most teams would do.

 

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80NNightcrawler

sachin

 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 took apart the laptop, we found...



 

Dissection of Computer Tower

hadsfob

Please click on the file "Computer Tower" to see my entry. V/R, Jason

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VEXnet Key 2.0

andre.lipke

The device I selected is the VEXnet Key 2.0 which is the device used for radio communication between the VEX ARM® Cortex®-based Microcontroller and the VEXnet Joystick. I selected this because of its crucial part in VEX Robotics competitions and because of previous knowledge of how the system worked. The main component of the key is a CC2544 SoC (System on Chip) from Texas Instruments, a microprocessor with 32kb of RAM, USB, SPI, UART and includes a 2.4Ghz radio. The second to largest chip is a CC2591 range extender from Texas Instruments which boosts the range of the wireless...


 

Team 183 - Variable Frequency Drive - TI Challenge

whintze

Team 183

         Team 183 had a treasure hunt in an electrician’s discard pile.  What is the function of this blue box?   The electrician said it is an inverter or a VFD.  Our team dismantled the box (refer to photo for labeling of parts) and continued the treasure hunt.  What is a VFD?

         A VFD is a Variable Frequency Drive which is an electronic device used to control the speed of an electric motor.  Electricity comes into the terminal block and...


 

Hexbug Nano TI Electronics Online Challenge

Ajacketta3445

 Hexbug Nano

      I decided to take apart the Hexbug Nano because I really enjoy playing with all of the Hexbug components. I also thought it would be pretty hard to take apart and then name the parts afterward. Once I fully took apart the Hexbug  I realized that the Hexbug  is not a Texas Instrument product. I was pleased to finish because I worked  hard to take the Hexbug apart, after I took it apart I managed to put it together and have it still working.

      The parts in the Hexbug Nano...


 

The TI SN74LS08

jmackgraves

The basics of our online challenge is the discovery of the TI SN74LS08 and the research of AND gates and it's function on the Parallax Boe-bot.

 

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IBM Thinkpad T41

nfms3997e

(Attached as document)

 

         I chose an IBM Thinkpad T41 computer which runs Windows XP. It was manufactured in 2000. This electronic device was chosen because computer have many parts from many producers. It also was sitting around gaining dust. This challenge was a good way to put it out of business.

         Parts I Found:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium M
  • Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
  • Battery: Lithium Ion
  • Memory: 64-bit DDR...
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PowerBook 150

3946E

As a group, we decided to take apart a Macintosh PowerBook 150 because not only was it interesting, but it shows the evolution of technology. The most surprising thing we discovered when taking apart the PowerBook was the lack of specifications existed for the computer. The Powerbook had only 4 MB of Memory. The next surprising thing about the computer was the hard drive. The computer had the still standard 2.5” drive, yet the amount of storage was only 120 MB. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 6s has over 1000X more storage. With only 120 MB, you could only store about 15...


 

The LM158N chip

StevenRamsey

I chose a LM158N ozone collecting chip. I was always fascinated with the chip has circuits that consist of two independent, high gain, internally frequency compensated which were designed specifically to operate from a single power supply over a wide range of voltages. The low power supply drain is independent of the magnitude of the power supply voltage. Application areas include transducer amplifiers, dc gain blocks and all the conventional op-amp circuits which now can be more easily implemented in single power supply systems. For example, these circuits can be directly supplied with...


Steven Ramsey's Essay on the LM158N chip

StevenRamsey

I chose a LM158N ozone collecting chip. I was always fascinated that the special chip has two circuits that are independent, high gain, internally frequency compensated which were designed specifically to operate from a single power supply over a wide range of voltages. The low power supply drain is independent to the magnitude of the power supply voltage. Application areas include transducer amplifiers, DC gain blocks and all the conventional op-amp circuits which now can be more easily implemented in single power supply systems. For example, these circuits can be directly supplied with...


What's in a mouse?

mikewol12

Introduction:

             For the Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge, I choose to take apart and analyze the electronic components of an old HP mouse. I choose it because it wasn’t functional and I’ve always wanted to see the inside of a mouse. 

Electronic Components Found:

           One of the electronic components that I found in the mouse were capacitors. The job of the capacitors is to store electric charges which...


 

Cell Phone Discovery

rubberbandrobotics

We documented our process on our website. The link to it is below. We learned a lot from this assignment and had a lot of fun! 

https://rubberbandrobotics.wordpress.com/challenges-2/challenges/

Also here is the link to our main website.

https://rubberbandrobotics.wordpress.com/

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Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge

625881690

2.4G Optical Wireless Mouse is one of most of common wireless mouse, which is a plug and play device. Wireless transmission is achieved by using 2.4GHz Wireless spread spectrum communication for wireless mouse. The longest sensing distance is 10-14 meters where transmission isn’t interfered from obstacle. Therefore, the wireless transmission model can be used for programming wireless downloading for VEX IQ.

More details is discribed in Word file

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Bye Bye Bye Boombox

tessa

VEX Team 8390 Texas Instruments Online Challenge

One teacher's trash is a robotics student's treasure! We acquired a 1990's-style boombox — an Emerson Model PD6810 Portable CD Player with scratched Nirvana CD inside — out of e-waste and disassembled it. Rather than taking a broad survey of all the electronics, we identified and learned about the functions of components on the main PCB since it is the control hub of the CD player.

The one-sided circuit board contained three integrated circuits, a doughnut-shaped (aka toroidal)...


 

Disassembly of a Macbook Pro

jman0527

We deconstructed a 2010 Apple MacBook Unibody A1342 because we wanted to examine a product that plays a crucial role in everyday life. The computer didn't contain TI components. We identified: Airport and Bluetooth card and cables, optical disk drive, hard disk drive, cooling fan, track pad and serial cable, heat sink and logic board, battery, RAM chip, MagSafe board, and speakers. The Apple AirPort/Bluetooth cable and the Broadcom Airport/Bluetooth card (BCM943224PCIEBT) establish wireless network connections. The Panasonic Super 8A8A Optical Drive (UJ8A8) reads optical disk...


 

the calculator

809416.cardenas.paty

here is my project for this contest

 

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Motorola Nextel i880

olatsa

The electronic device we selected to use was the Motorola Nextel i880. We chose the Motorola Nextel i880 because its key features that made it popular. Those key features include the push-to-talk (PTT) button, front-facing LED screen, and a two mega-pixel camera.

The file attached will provide you with our detailed report.

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Destroying a TV

mollardm

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HybtriBKMb5srWvE9_RW4lxjTENLJS-PG5LZcHn3zUg/edit?ts=56930741

I personally think it's harder to build than destroy and this challenge gave me a break from building robots, since that’s all I do at home, at school, even online. My teacher Mr van Haren let me use an old TV for the challenge which was quite fun. and I learnt about how some tv’s work. I found the shape and colours of the parts quite...


The Tone Generator

andersonmatt

This is a report on the tone generator, a handheld device used by electricians to trace wires. 

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Keyboard Analysis

andersonmatt

This is a research paper about a keyboard and its parts. It includes pictures of the keyboard and a report about the parts of the keyboard and what they are called.

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Destroying a TV

mollardc

I personally think it's harder to build than destroy and this challenge gave me a break from building robots, since that’s all I do at home, at school, even online. My teacher Mr van Haren let me use an old TV for the challenge which was quite fun. and I learnt about how some tv’s work. I found the shape and colours of the parts quite interesting.

Circuit Board -I found 3 circuit boards .One was about 2 centimeters wide, 1 centimeter long and 3 millimeters high. While another was about 4 centimeters wide, 20 centimeters long and a...


Xbox Deconstruction

Purrycat1

We are team 216A, or The Illuminerdies, from Grandville Michigan.

This is our report on taking apart an Xbox 360. We had a lot of fun!

Fun Fact: It took longer to take the cover off than it did to gut it.

Click on the report below.

 

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Huawei Router B593

Mayuumeswastik

We are team 4322A, Bahrainotics.  We chose to disassemble a router because it is widely used for important services that we use daily and because it has many electronic components that we can learn about.

 

Huawei router is a networking device that has the following characteristics of every other router as it forwards data packets between computer networks.

Huawei device has the following special  characteristics among other routers :


 

Asus Transformer pad TF300 Breakdown

whs_robotics

For our project, we decided to take apart an Asus Transformer TF300 and its paired keyboard. We selected this product after it was donated to us in an obsolete state. The Transformer was one of the first profitable  2 in 1 pcs, and was introduced in 2012.

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Canon Camera Disected

ypatel1802

I selected a Canon Camera. I did not chose this piece of fine electronic, but when I first read about this challenge and talk to my robotics club mentor, Mr. Peter Erbland, he had a broken Canon camera that he gave to me for this challenge. When I took this camera apart, I found I major circuit board, which contains most of the parts I talk about in this report and found a LCD display, which can also be seen without opening up the camera. I couldn’t figure out the manufacturer of the LCD display because it didn’t have a model number on it. The LCD display serves major functions...


 

Samsung Intensity

mjacketta9154

                                                                   Samsung Intensity 2


 

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Disassembly and analysis of laptop computer

slubeck

For the Texas Instruments challenge, a 2009 Toshiba Satellite laptop was disassembled. This device was chosen to deconstruct because laptops are very common and are complex devices. We use laptops everyday but not many people know what makes one work, so this was a learning opportunity to explore the inside of a laptop.
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RMCDCM9 Refrigerated container controller

Wingus or Dingus

Our report is attached as a PDF.

Here are some references to the components we found:

KBU4B bridge rectifier

http://www.vishay.com/docs/88656/kbu4.pdf

LM340T12 voltage regulator

http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/405/lm340-n-405278.pdf

PT100

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