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EEVblog #1029 – BGA PCB Fanout

Dave looks at some issues with fanning out tiny 0.4mm pitch BGA packages, via pad ...

  • Pablo

    I think the square hole is for a missing “main/back camera” which they decided not to include… and leave only the front facing low res camera

  • meeee

    On android devices to do a factory reset you hold down power and volume down when powering up. Presumably that’s why it’s labeled “reset.”

  • No

    NFC can read RFID

  • Chris

    Free-fall detection is good for parking the heads on hard drives so they don’t get damaged when the impact happens. Not that the Nexus 7 has a hard drive in it

  • Worf

    Well, that bites.

    My Nexus 7, preordered STILL HASN’T ARRIVED YET. And Dave had his long enough to tear it down.

    Not to mention, if I hadn’t preordered, I could’ve walked into the store and BOUGHT ONE IMMEDIATELY, saving $20 in shipping. Or ordered it online with FREE SHIPPING.

    And I would’ve had it already.

    So let’s see, I preorder it, get it later, and paid more. Let that be a lesson to you – if it’s sold by Google, don’t bother preordering – you’ll find it cheaper and quicker in the store. Every other store around treats their preorderers with more respect.


    • Bummer. My mate Rog who is in the review video pre-ordered his and got it ages before me.

  • Goophy69

    Looks like the copper foil on top of the Nvidia chip is also used as a heatsink, nice idea. So besure to push it back firmly or you’d have a free handy egg cooker LOL

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  • GR

    I agree with Pablo — that looks like a place where a rear-facing camera could be mounted. Dave, is there any circuitry adjacent to it that might lend itself to driving a camera?

  • lol

    You don’t have to read info about each freaking chip! All you have to say is “this is the wifi/bluetooth module”. What else is there to say that anyone cares about? Also your speech inflection left me visibly disturbed. “monotonemonotonemontoneSCREEEEEEECH!

    • Yes, I do. This is an electronics blog after all. You seemed to have stumbled upon the wrong blog…

    • Anatol

      Chips are spice of the world. Try different blog with reviews for housewifes

      • stacey

        I’m a housewife, jerk. Don’t be such a dinosaur.

    • Mike

      In reply to lol who is diss’ing the eevblog about the nexus teardown…. go find something you’re interested in rather making ridiculous comments that help no-one. If you don’t like Dave’s way of doing things, then go elsewhere. I won’t miss you.

  • Ryan

    That mysterious hole in the side looks a fair bit like the microphone hole on my HTC Android phone.

  • spunge

    What triggers the smart covers/cases to turn the device on/off? Is there a magnet in the device that completetes a circuit or something? Plz use general terms, I’m no guru whatsoever 🙂 I’m just curious..

  • Alcosmurf

    The magnet sensor for the trigger is on the lower left hand side of the device. Almost on top of the 4 random gold connectors on the side.

    Has anyone worked out what those 4 connectors are for? In the Vid you mentioned there was no power on any of them, could this be related to the magnet sensor somehow, like for a special case they haven’t yet released?

    • Hansraj

      4 random gold connectors are for connect to google nexus with stand which helps to charge the nexus 7 also. u can check with the link “http://www.gearzap.com/google-nexus-7-case-compatible-desktop-sync-and-charge-cradle.html”

  • JohnW

    Very good review and teardown report. Of course everyone probably knows by now that the latest version of the Nexus 7 has both front- and rear-facing cameras. Why they left the front camera off the original is anybody’s guess–probably so they could introduce the product at a rock-bottom price point. Dumb idea if you ask me. I would NEVER buy a tablet without the front-facing camera.

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