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What’s inside Xiaomi’s MiPad?

The China-based IT168 crew recently published a detailed teardown of Xiaomi’s MiPad that was translated by the folks at GizmoChina.

The popular Android tablet – which hit the streets back in May – features Nvidia’s quad-core 2.2GHz Tegra K1 processor, a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, Atmel’s MXT1664T touchscreen chip, 2GB RAM, 16/64GB of memory, Wifi, 6700mAh battery and a 5mP/8mP Sony dual-camera.

As the IT168 crew notes, the MiPad is made of very sturdy materials, with the tablet’s interior boasting a three-section design covered with plastic for stability and cooling.

“The MiPad uses the most up-to-date chips around including the BCM4354 and Atmel’s T touchscreen chips,” writes Frank Tu of GizmoChina.

“It is also the first appearance of the Tegra K1. The MiPad is probably the most powerful tablet around when it comes to performance.”

Interested in learning more? You can read about Xiaomi’s MiPad on AnandTech here.

Atmel is everywhere at the 2013 Maker Faire, episode 1

As I walked around the 2013 Maker Faire in San Mateo, it seemed that everything that interested me had Atmel chips inside of it. Even before I got inside a pavilion Saturday, there was a full-sized flight simulator as I walked in the gate.


The Viper Flight simulator is a kickstarter project that actually got built. Created by a team of high-school students, the Viper was at Maker Faire with its mentor’s family, the DeRoses.


Dad Tony DeRose told me “we use Atmel all over” the project.


Something tells me the real brains of the outfit is mom Cindy DeRose, here standing next to some of the simulator’s controls.


And every engineer can commiserate with having to crawl under the control panel to work on the electronics. We can see dad Tony handing a circuit board to ——


……his son Sam, who he described as the EE and ME of the project. Tony is no slouch himself, working over at Pixar as senior scientist and lead of research.

Frankly, it’s great to see something that actually gets finished on Kickstarter. We need another website called Kickfinisher, where Cindy comes over to your lab and tells you to stop playing video games and screwing off so you can get some work done. If you are a good boy she might bring some cookies and orange juice. In addition to a passionate core of mentors, it helps to have some sponsors, and Viper got support from Autodesk, Nvidia, and automotive repair shop Hawker Inc.