AMITIAE - Friday 1 May 2015
Cassandra: Apple Watch Components - Taptic Engine Problems and S1 Teardown by ABI Research
By Graham K. Rogers
A key component is the "Taptic Engine" but it has been found that many of these critical components made by AAC Technologies are failing. Rather than ship them, Apple destroyed the defective watches. Currently Apple has to rely on Nidec for these parts (Jeff Gamet, The MacObserver).
ABI list, the "Broadcom (BCM43342), Dialog PMU, NXP (NFC controller), and AMS (NFC booster) connectivity, IDT wireless charger receiver, Elpida RAM, SanDisk / Toshiba Flash memory, STM sensors, and a couple ADI capacitive touch solutions. . ."
Jim Mielke of ABI Research says, "The design is an obvious variation from Apple's smartphones, with many high-end functions/chips included that normally would not be found in a simple watch."
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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