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So it would appear that Kyle at iFixit is something of a closet Mac Service guy? ;-) Really this is very nice to see exactly what is under the hood of this well hyped Laptop, this way you really get to see what's under the hood and know what you are actually paying for.

It is nice to see that it is not that hard to get in to possibly replace the battery if needed?

Step 8

 
  • Look! We found the battery.
  • Unfortunately, it's no longer considered a user-installable part by Apple and is attached to the case by 9 screws:
  • Four 3mm #00 Phillips.
  • Four 3.8mm #00 Phillips.
  • One 7.3mm #00 Phillips.

 

Step 15

 
  • The RF module, in all its blue glory.
  • The Broadcom 802.11 chip had the markings BCM4321KFBG.
  • Two other chips were enclosed in metal housings.
  • And the backside had another chip marked with BCM94321COEX2.

Step 17

 
  • We found Intel's new Core 2 Duo chip right beneath the heat sink (no surprises there). A temperature sensor sits on an external board glued between the CPU and graphics chips. A high-resolution image (632K) is available here.
  • There are 16 RAM chips (eight one-gigabit chips on each side of the logic board) for a total of 2 GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM.
  • The large microchip in the center of the picture is a low power Intel North Bridge GS965 integrated graphics chip with the markings LE82GS965.
  • Three chips adjacent to the North Bridge/graphics controller have a semi-transparent blue epoxy covering them, as part of the HDCP hardware requirement for digital video signals.

Step 18

 
  • The reverse side of the logic board. Many of these chips are for power management. A high-resolution image (708K) is available here.
  • You can see the second half of the Micron RAM chips.
  • We identified the Silicon Image SIL1392CNU HDMI video chip and Texas Instruments TPS51120 dual current mode synchronous step-down controller (power management).

iFixit — MacBook Air

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2008 11:05 AM Real Cool Stuff | Back to top


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