Lightning AV Adapter Teardown Reveals ARM Chip, 256 MB of RAM, AirPlay Streaming?

Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:33am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 18395 views

Panic has performed a teardown of the Apple Lightning AV Adapter that reveals an ARM chip, 256MB of RAM, and a limited output resolution of 1600x900.

The developers preformed the teardown because they noticed that for some reason the video output with adapter was limited to 1600x900 and MPEG artifacts were present in outputted video; whereas, the old Dock Connector AV Adapter performed much better.

Panic's theory is the Is the Lightning Digital AV Adapter is basically the world’s smallest AirPlay receiver which unfortunately does not output 1080p video.

There are a lot of questions. What OS does it boot? @jmreid thinks the adapter copies over a “mini iOS” (?) from the device and boots it in a few seconds every time it’s connected, which would explain the fairly lengthy startup time for video out. Why do this crazy thing at all? All we can figure is that the small number of Lightning pins prevented them from doing raw HDMI period, and the elegance of the adapter trumped the need for traditional video out, so someone had to think seriously out of the box. Or maybe they want get as much functionality out of the iPad as possible to reduce cost and complexity.

Read More [via MacRumors]

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PhoneApp - March 2, 2013 at 8:03pm
Ok, so just what combination of iPad, iOS and cables deliver the best HDMI output?
Bird - March 2, 2013 at 4:00am
ARM, not AMD
Kronos - March 2, 2013 at 10:21pm
That means its a rumor. Otherwise people flip out saying why you have link bait
iCrunch - March 3, 2013 at 1:57am
iC is the BEST Apple news aggregator ever! Now as for you, go FFFFFFFF urself...;-) and then DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Ooh - March 3, 2013 at 9:52pm
Shut it Brown Noser
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