Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Teardown

29 Oct


What’s beneath the surface of Microsoft’s latest tablet? A fair number of puns, but also some familiar, and improved, hardware:

  • 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080

  • 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology

  • 64/128 GB or 256/512 GB storage capacity

  • 4 GB RAM (models with 64/128 GB storage) or 8 GB (models with 256/512 GB storage) RAM

  • Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing

  • Full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSDXC card reader


  • We’ve got storage! This time around, Microsoft shifts from a Micron/Marvell combination to one single IC manufacturer, SK Hynix.

  • SK Hynix HFS128G3AMNB 128 GB mSATA 6.0 Gbps SSD, using:

    • SK Hynix H27QEGDVEBLR 32 GB NAND Flash (four ICs for 128 GB total)

    • SK Hynix H5PS2G63JMR 32 MB DDR2 SDRAM

    • Link A Media LM8700AA SSD Controller

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    The ICs on the front side of the motherboard may look like little black squares on the (ahem) outside, but underneath they house some high-tech brainpower:

    • SK Hynix H9CCNNN8JTML 8 Gb (1 GB) LPDDR3 RAM (total of 4 * 1 GB = 4 GB)

    • Atmel MXT154E Touchscreen Controllers

    • Atmel UC256L3U 256KB Flash, 32-bit AVR Microcontroller

    • Winbond 25X40CL1G 4M-bit Serial Flash

    • Parade PS6625

    • Realtek ALC3230 Audio Codec

    • Atmel U1320J


    Yet more ICs adorn this side of the motherboard:

    • Realtek RTS5304

    • MXIC MX25L4006EZNI 4Mbit SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) Flash

    • Novatek NT96132QG

    • Texas Instruments TPS5162 (ACTIVE) 2-Phase DCAP+ Step-Down Controller

    • ITE IT8528VG

    • Texas Instruments TPS51367 Integrated FET Converter with Ultra-Low Quiescent


    The ICy party continues on the back side of the motherboard:

    • Intel Core i5-4200U Processor

    • Novatek NT96132QG

    • Marvell Avastar 88W8797 Integrated 2×2 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip SoC

    • Winbond 25Q128FVSQ Serial Flash presumably the next generation of the previous 25Q64FV

    • Texas Instruments TPS51367 Integrated FET Converter with Ultra-Low Quiescent

    • Winbond 25X05CL Serial Flash


    Microsoft still adheres the battery to the rear case and still warns users not to remove it.

        Pretty ironic, considering they clearly know their way around a user-friendly means of securing a battery—screws.

    If you’re looking for the secret of the Surface Pro 2’s juiced-up battery life, look elsewhere: this is the exact same “Escalade” 42 Wh battery we saw earlier this year.

        Instead, look to better power management and the Haswell i5 chip, which ensures that the tablet drinks in moderation.

    The two battery cells are wrangled by a Texas Instruments BQ30Z55 cowpoke battery pack manager.




    by ifixit

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    Posted by on 29/10/2013 in IT


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