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Disassembly of a Macbook Pro


Entry ID #: 2246
Created: Tue, Jan 12, 2016 12:46 PM

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 data or writes new disk data by using a laser-assisted optical path to detect light or burn in new marks for reading. The Toshiba Hard Drive (250 GB, 8 MB - MK2555GSXF) uses a platter with magnetized bit segments and a read/write head to analyze the bit magnetization for accessing or saving data. The Sunon MagLev CPU cooling fan distributes air to prevent component overheating. The Apple track pad uses touch sensors and cables to output finger movement to the display. The Apple heat sink disperses heat from components. The logic board contains an Intel Core2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 Ghz EMC 2350) and an NVidia 9400M GPU. The CPU executes various program operations, while the GPU renders computer graphics. The Apple battery produces a current to power the computer. The Crucial 4GB DDR3/DDR3L RAM chip stores temporary data and allows access to memory bytes. The Apple MagSafe board contains magnetic power connectors to secure the charging cable to the computer. The Apple speakers and their respective wires transmit signals into a voice coil, create a magnetic field, and push air in the speakers to transmit sound waves. This experiment gave us better insight into how components interact to create functional devices and showed us some high-level electrical engineering applications. Below are references for internal parts   Sunon MagLev CPU cooling fan   Panasonic Super 8A8A Optical Drive (model no. UJ8A8)   Toshiba MK2555GSXF Hard Drive (250 GB, 8 MB)   Broadcom BCM943224PCIEBT A1342 Airport/Bluetooth Card   Heat sink   Apple AirPort/Bluetooth Cable (Model No. A1342)   Apple Hard Drive Cable (Model No. A1342)   Apple Replacement Battery (Model No. A1342)   Crucial 4GB DDR3/DDR3L RAM   Logic Board Apple Macbook 13" A1342 Logic Board 2.26 Ghz EMC 2350   Intel Core2 Duo Processor P8400   NVidia 9400M GPU   Reference


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Image album documenting our teardown of the Macbook Pro