Chromebook: Under the Hood

(A second post about my chromebook).

Chromebooks are known to come in two different hardware configurations, one by Acer and the other by Samsung. Based on display size (I have a 12.1″ screen) and built-in 3G modem, my unlabeled device seemed at first to be the Samsung type. But not quite: I have standard VGA, not mini-VGA like the Samsung Chromebook. And I have only one USB port.

So if this Chromebook is not Acer and not-quite-Samsung, what is it?

Peeling back the gift wrapping:

Chromebook Disassembled

So, what can we spot here? I googled the part numbers:

3G Modem: Novatel wireless PC card modem with Qualcomm

3G Modem: Novatel wireless PC card modem with Qualcomm (Gobi2000, based on Google search)

SDSA4DH-016G

16GB Sandisk SATA solid state drive SDSA4DH-016G

AR5BBU12

Atheros BlueTooth Modem AR5BBU12

H5TQ2G83BFR-H9C

Hynix 2Gbit DDR3 SDRAM H5TQ2G83BFR-H9C

I saved the best for last. Meet the brains:

Intel NM10 Express Chipset - CG82NM10 SLGXX

Intel NM10 Express Chipset - CG82NM10 SLGXX

To totally geek out here, we can look at the Intel NM10 chipset architecture:

Intel NM10 architecture

IntelNM10 chipset block architecture diagram

So that’s what we actually have under the hood. This device has been called the CR-48, or, if you prefer, the “Limited Edition Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook”. There’s a few resources that have been setup for talking about the device (including a Google Site called “CR-48ite“), but I’ve been bothered by how information across these resources doesn’t seem very consistent.

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  1. Pingback: Chromebook: 3G for Free | pafnuty.blog

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