iTrip NaNo Teardown



I bought this iTrip for ipod nano at for 50 cents.
i bought some bluetooth dongles too, and had sent the original teardown walkthru to my computer, deleted the originals off my phone, and then about 12 hours later, accidentally deleted it all. so I will stick it back together, and recreate the entire process, which is short and simple. You have to be careful though. there are some components that are placed (perhaps intentionally) very close to the edge, so you want to use the smallest amount of razorblade possible, or just avoid those areas with the knife. first picture is the amount of exposed razorblade i used to be safe.

i am no web designer, so here is a bunch of photos:

once you carefully slice the epoxy at the seam with the really short razor blade, you will want to carefully rip the small piece of plastic (left) out of the other piece of plastic (top), and then you can easily remove the small piece of plastic from the connector and headphone plug. I'm not tearing it down any further than illustrated, except maybe some wire cutting/lengthening. and once i figure out how to interface it with a different device, i will probably do that.
i dont know why the closeups come out so blurry. maybe my lens is dirty. the camera is a 3MP samsung impression, which i want to hack to access my computers ethernet via bluetooth dongles. Any help with that?

I probably did a terrible job at documenting this teardown, partly due to bad photography, and partly due to my accidentally formatting my hard drive along with the original teardown images, but this is really just to show you what you can get for 50 cents.
sure, if you still have an ipod nano, you could use it for that, but if you dont, 50 cents gets you : A 10-pin iProprietary iPod/iPhone connector with a ribbon cable for happy soldering. A Headphone jack with 3 wires preattached. a mini-B usb connector, although i wouldnt be able to solder that thing to anything. a crystal that says N7.600 7D2OPO. lots of little resistors and caps.  a little microprocessor that says bh1418fv 550 t50. another one that has a white dot on it obstructing my view of the numbers, but from what i can read:whiteblob p89LPc936f whiteblob 2544 03 whiteblob G0552-
and some cool rocker switch/push button. 3 way dealio.
there is also a 10 pin expansion port or something. there are two rows of 5 holes with solder, and the next row has 5 more, but the first one is a square of solder instead of a circle. there is a J4 jumper label near these and i havent looked at the back to see what traces may lie on the other side.  Oh, and some shiny black plastic as well.
It is important to leave the plastic backplate attached, because the antenna wire runs out through the casing, and you would destroy it by taking off the back.
So, unless you are going to use this with an ipod nano, this 50 cent piece of previously overpriced technology would be useful for constructing your own ipod dock or custom ipod cable, because the 10 pin ipod connector comes with a ribbon cable. then it could still be useful for an fm transmitter, if you know how this thing works. I don't. i used the car charger kind.
so, the most useful part is the 10-wire cable + ipod dock. i havent looked up ipod pinouts so it will just be lying around until i find something creative to do with it.
if you want to attempt to connect it to a modern ipod, you will need to cut and lengthen the red, black, and green wires that go to the headphone plug, since the two ports are on opposite sides of the device now.
heres what has to say about it: WARNING: THIS MAKES MY PAGE LOOK LIKE AN EBAY AD!
Play your first generation iPod Nano on any FM radio!

Simply choose any empty radio station and the iTrip delivers the best performance with the clearest signal! This iTrip never needs batteries because it receives a tiny amount of power directly from the iPod Nano!
The iTrip features a SmartSense volume control that dynamically adjusts the iPod's volume level for optimal audio quality! Plus, the built-in USB Mini-B port allows you to charge or synchronize your iPod while the iTrip is in use!

Order the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod Nano today!

  • Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod Nano

  • General Features:
  • Black design
  • For use with 1st generation iPod Nanos
  • Play iPod music through FM radio
  • Powered by iPod (no batteries required)
  • Uses any FM frequency
  • Allows charging while in use
  • SmartSense volume control
  • Built-in USB Mini-B port

  • Specifications:
  • Built-in antenna
  • FM stereo modulation
  • 88.1 - 107.9 MHz frequencies
  • 50 Hz to 15 kHz frequency response
  • 10 - 30-foot operating range
  • Oscillator: High stability crystal, phase-lock loop control

  • Controls:
  • 3-way touch navigation
  • Status light
  • Dock connector
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack/adapter
  • USB Min-B port

  • Unit Dimensions:
  • 3.91 x 1.57 x 0.55-inches (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 0.9 oz

  • Regulatory Approvals:
  • FCC
  • CE
Package Includes:
  • Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod Nano (1st Generation)
Additional Information:
  • Notes:
  • Only compatible with first generation iPod Nanos
  • Some units may have slight cosmetic scratches
  • UPC: 6 83728 13044 2

  • Product Requirements:
  • Apple iPod Nano (1st gen) with dock connector