Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments
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, TI components are inside the VIQC 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 to submit your final report. 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 if the device has a capacitor. 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.
Team 986A Presents: Electronics Online Challenge: Linksys WRT54G 2.4GHz Wireless Broadband Router
by Chandler Nelson, Joshua Austria, and Andrew Herdering
Team 986A - Grace Brethren Lancers
GBHS VEX Robotics Competition
Simi Valley, California, United States
(The full report is attatched as a PDF Document)
For this challenge, we dissasembled, inspected, and researched/analysed the components inside an iMAX B6 Balance Charger. From this process we determined several new things about how it operates, and how various components are used in actual products.