Monthly Archives: June 2009

Opening Up and Tearing Down an IPOD Shuffle

Opening up and tearing down an IPOD Shuffle to see what's inside... The 3rd Generation of the IPOD Shuffle is a wonder of technology....1000 songs stored in an aluminum case smaller than a disposable lighter. Did you ever wonder what electronic components make up the guts of an IPOD Shuffle? You might be surprised at what goes into the circuitry of the IPOD Shuffle. In descending order by percentage of cost, the main components are: logic, memory, metals, rechargeable materials, connectors, Read more [...]

Available Methods of Marking Semiconductors

Semiconductor Markings - Available Methods Traditionally, most components have two or three lines of identifying marks plus a company logo. Over time, the manufacturer codes have become more involved to incorporate a component's identification plus the complete history of the process. Early on, it was the military applications that required very specific markings and identification processes. Current package markings are a by-product of those military requirements. When a semiconductor is clearly Read more [...]

How To Clean Potentiometers On Your Audio Equipment

How to Clean the Potentiometers on Your Audio Equipment If you have a dirty potentiometer, you probably will find out about it from the scratchy sounds your equipment will make when you adjust the volume control. Here's a simple and safe method to rid yourself of that noise: -Unplug your equipment -Remove the cover from the knob -Carefully use contact spray on the shaft of the potentiometer -Replace the knob -Plug your equipment back in and turn it on -Rotate the knob from one end of Read more [...]