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Asus Transformer pad TF300 Breakdown


Entry ID #: 2299
Created: Tue, Jan 12, 2016 4:55 PM

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. Once we opened up the computer, we quickly found its motherboard which contains its processor, a Nvidia Tegra T30L, which also powered devices such as the original Microsoft Surface and the Nexus 7. It also contained 2 Texas instruments chips, one had the part code 1ACGQ7TLVDS83B, which is a Transmitter, as well as a TPS659102A21A920W which is an Integrated Power Management IC. The motherboard also contained Hynix chips like the Hynix H26M64002BNR that comprised the computer's hard drive, and the Hynix H5TQ2G83CFR which was the DDR3 Ram. Outside of the motherboard, the tablet has dual Wifi antennas, with the Azurewave AW-NH 615 and the Broadcom BCM4329, which is also the bluetooth and radio antenna. The entire tablet, while in its standalone mode, is powered by an Asus battery pack C21-TF201X. The last piece that we found in the tablet was the screen. After finishing with the actual tablet, we soon moved onto the keyboard/dock. This part of the 2-in-1 was very sparse, containing only an SD-card reader powered by an Alcor Chip and the extra battery as well as the touch pad. The touchpad was just a standard piece, and the battery pack was another Asus c21-EP101. We learned about the internals of computers and all of the different components  that must work together to make it work. We were surprised at how small the different chips were and how many there were. Overall this was quite an interesting experiment. For all photos, see this google gallery:


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