Amazon Kindle Fire Innards Ruled Over by TI

November 16, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Wonder what makes up the much spoken about Amazon Kindle Fire? The amazing tablet that is ruling headline space as of now seems to be a happy house for TI silicon, Samsung and Hynix.

Performing a surgery on a brand new Kindle Fire, folks at iFixit have found that the slate houses a 1 gigahertz TI OMAP 4430 processor under a memory chip on the circuit board of the device.

They have also discovered 5 other chips inside, including a chip that manages Wi-Fi networks. The flash memory storage in this device is a Samsung product and system memory, a Hynix one.

If you ever happen to visit Fire’s house, then these are the individuals you will be meeting:

  • Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP 4430 system-on-a-chip (SoC).
  • Texas Instruments 603B107 power management chip
  • Texas Instruments AIC3110 Audio Codec
  • Samsung KLM8G2FEJA 8 GB Flash Memory
  • Hynix H9TKNNN4K 512 MB of MobileDDR2 RAM
  • Jorjin WG7310 WLAN/BT/FM Combo Module


We can imagine the smile on Texas Instruments’ face now, considering the fact that they were having a tough time with their rivals, Qualcomm and Nvidia, having captured almost all attraction in the high-profile tablets and smartphones market, of late.

TI’s OMAP line is characterized by low power consumption, a key selling point in small tablets.

TI’s best success came when it found a spot in Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook.

Another notable achievement came when TI was accommodated in Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The guys at iFixit also reveal that the Kindle fire battery is disproportionately large. Going by what they discovered:

“Only one connector and some glue keep this monstrous battery in its place…the Fire’s 4.6″ tall x 4.3″ wide Li-Ion battery. This battery sure puts out… 16.28 Watt-hours, to be exact. However, due to the size of the Fire, its battery’s 3.7 V potential and 4400 mAh capacity don’t quite stack up to the specs of the iPad 2 Wi-Fi’s battery.”

But the question is: As a user, are you happy with Kindle fire? Do share your opinion with us.

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