Memory: Samsung packages twin stacks of LPDDR3 DRAM
From the x-ray image, we can see Samsung's packaging solution for 3 Gbit of LPDDR3. You can see the two stacks of three dice, each wire bonded to the memory substrate. Although there is still plenty of talk about moving to TSV solutions for mobile DRAM, we can see here that wire bonding is still a viable solution.
Die size is 6.53 mm x 6.08 mm = 39.7 mm2 and the Die mark is K4E4E324ED
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CircuitVision Analysis of All of the Circuitry on the Samsung K3QF2F200C-XGCE 16 GBit LPDDR3 SDRAM
Display: Better images are "PenTile"-tastic
The reason this phone is special is because of its screen. The original Galaxy Note measured 5.3" diagonally, the Galaxy Note 2 measured 5.5", and the latest iteration stands tall at 5.7" of Super AMOLED beauty.
As seen in our teardown of the Galaxy S4, the Super AMOLED display is no longer an RGB matrix, but rather Samsung's PenTile. Without going into the specifics on the PenTile, the focus of Samsung with this new display technology has been to further develop the rendering of photos, videos, and screen input data while at the same time further reducing power consumption.
Super AMOLED pixel dimensions, front view.
Super AMOLED circuit layout, back view.
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The Bill of Materials Cost: Solid margins for category leader in a growth market
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 retails for $699, but TechInsights Teardown costing estimates that the production of each device is less than $240.00. Our pricing research shows that the display module and baseband processor making up the largest components of cost. This reflects a healthy margin for the industry's leading phablet device.
This is number translates into the potential for significant revenues for Samsung as the Galaxy Note 2 shipped ~28 million devices and combined with sales of the original Galaxy Note shipments have reached around 38 million. In fact the CEO of Samsung, J.K. Shin has said, "Galaxy Note 1 and Galaxy Note 2 were sold for a total of over 38 million. We believe Galaxy Note 3 will outdo its predecessors."
More to come…
TechInsights will continue its teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 over the coming days. Please visit our website http://techinsights.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3/for the latest analysis and images of the camera module, display module, S-Pen, and more.
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