Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

Summary: Apple's Magic Trackpad bring gestures to the Mac desktop computer. Bill Detwiler cracks open Apple's Multi-Touch trackpad in this teardown gallery.

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  • The large chip is the Broadcom BCM2042, which provides not only Bluetooth connectivity but also serves as the processors with built-in RAM/ROM memory.

    Below and to the right of the large Broadcom chip is the SST25WF020, which provides 2Mbit of serial flash memory.

    Above and to the right of the large chip is the Broadcom BCM5974 touchscreen controller. This is the same chip found in other Apple devices that support Multi-Touch, like the MacBook Pro.

    Above the large Broadcom chip is a Texas Instruments chip with markings CD3238 TI 01J P20T.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • There are two ribbon cable connectors for the Multi-Touch surface on the main logic board.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
  • Extremely thin wiring for the touch surface is located along the bottom of the Magic Trackpad.

    Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

Topics: Apple, CXO, Hardware

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  • Yawn...

    What's with these "teardown" stories?

    Seriously, I don't care what the board looks like in a device.
    trickytom2
    • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

      @trickytom2 Yes, but the "true" tech enthusiasts among us do. We like to see what makes things tick. It also saves us the trouble of taking them apart ourselves to see what's inside of it. :P
      wcecsharp@...
      • Big Deal...

        @wcecsharp@...

        All tech is essentially the same, visually. A clamshell of plastic, a mainboard, and four screws...what a thrill.
        trickytom2
    • RE: Apple Magic Trackpad teardown

      ...double post, crap. :P
      wcecsharp@...