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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
News Categories: iPod

Investment bank Jeffries & Company has posted an investment summary that includes details about the chips used inside the new iPods, as well as a few pictures. The chips include the PP5021 decoder and CPU “system on a chip” from PortalPlayer, a BCM2722 video decoder/processor from Broadcom, a K4S56163PF 256Mbit SDRAM module from Samsung, a WM8758 audio codec chip from Wolfson Microelectronics, a SST39WF800A 8Mbit Parallel Flash chip from Silicon Storage Technology, and a CY8C21 PSoC Mixed Signal Controller for the click wheel from Cypress. The report indicates that the estimated total cost of components for the new 30GB iPod is $143.50. [via TUAW]

Notably, the hard drive shown and glossed over in the Jeffries & Company report is a Toshiba 30GB MK3008GAL, a super-slim 1.8” hard disk that to date has only been produced in 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB (MK6008GAH) capacities. Consequently, Apple would need to use the thicker, less power-efficient MK8007GAH drive for an 80GB version of the 5G iPod, or wait for a thinner 80GB version matching the 60GB model to be produced.

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this ilounge article is incorrect according to the toshiba specsheets. the 80gb 8007 drive is not thicker but rather taller than the ones being used in 5g ipods. taller by 7.5 mm. assuming that the spec sheet is correct, the 80gb is in fact THINNER than the 60gb 5g ipod drive by 3 mm! it would then be the same thickness as the 30gb video ipod. if these specs are true, then sounds like apple could rework the innards to take advantage of the added thinness of the 80gb over the 60gb to offset the added tallness of the 80gb over the 60gb. in fact, the 80gb drive takes up almost 31% LESS space (volume) than the 60gb drive! this seems fishy and maybe the specs are wrong, but if they are right i hope we see an 80gb 5g ipod very soon in the same or even thinner version than the current 60gb 5g ipod. the lack of a current 80gb 5g ipod seems more of a marketting decision rather than unavailable technology at this point.

Posted by Mav99 on October 19, 2005 at 1:14 PM (PDT)

2

how does a color screen that is that clear and impressive only colt apple 15 bucks? isnt the screen the most expensive part of the ipod (maybe we are all being gipped when we get 150 dollar replacement LCD screens for previous generation models)??? i think the gross profit margin is way smaller than 51%

Posted by jesusfreak on October 19, 2005 at 1:48 PM (PDT)

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maybe we are all being gipped when we get 150 dollar replacement LCD screens

if you buy million of LCD units, they might give it to you for 15 bucks..

:b

Posted by iJay on October 19, 2005 at 2:50 PM (PDT)

4

Is the audio chip the same as the iPod photos?  What I’m really asking is does anyone know if the new ipods suffer from the sound defects the full-sized 4G color ones did.

Posted by stark23x on October 19, 2005 at 2:53 PM (PDT)

5

According to ilounges review the audio in the new ipods is much better, especially wit loew end bass, and does not have the same audio defect as the 4g ipods.

Posted by jasontho on October 19, 2005 at 4:41 PM (PDT)

6

That is good news.  So when i break down and can no longer resist, at least I know the sound quality will be good.  wink

Posted by stark23x on October 19, 2005 at 5:48 PM (PDT)

7

oh crap…. is that a thin wire ribbon cable I see conencting the battery? If so that can almost mean hell for anyone trying to replace it themselves if it is phase-soldered in place.

Posted by kevin on October 19, 2005 at 11:45 PM (PDT)

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Allright… that’s the manufacturing cost of iPod video. I agree that some parts sounds way cheaper than they should (like LCD), but it is possible to get low prices on bulk orders.

But what is not accounted in this is Marketing Costs, Designing Team expense, software team expense, support costs, packaging and distributing cost. considering all that I don’t think the profit margin would go as much as 52%

Posted by iGo on October 20, 2005 at 12:21 AM (PDT)

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But what is not accounted in this is Marketing Costs, Designing Team expense, software team expense, support costs, packaging and distributing cost. considering all that I don’t think the profit margin would go as much as 52%

are you familiar with the term profit margin?

Posted by iJay on October 20, 2005 at 12:27 AM (PDT)

10

Anyone know the size of the new 5G battery inside?  Is it about a 950mah or smaller?

Posted by Wangster on October 22, 2005 at 5:18 PM (PDT)

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I just checked the Toshiba website. The 80GB MK8007GAH hard drive wouldn’t work in an iPod 5G (video) because of its connector. The iPod 5G uses a ZIF (zero-insertion-force) connector while the older iPod models use the regular hard drive interface with the pins. Unless apple changed the connector of the hard drive as well as the inner design, it would be impossible.

Posted by Edwin Suarez on March 17, 2006 at 12:12 PM (PDT)

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I’d like to replace the hardrive on a failed ipod myself, but how do I know that the part I am looking at (MK8007GAH) is the correct one for an 80GB Video IPod?  any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Posted by Jaquie Medarve on August 22, 2007 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

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