The team over at iFixit is still at it, and this time they are dissecting Boxee by D-Link, the little set-top box that plays back streaming media on your TV. We've run comparisons before and believe there is value in both boxes, but now it's time to compare the insides.
First off, we can say that Boxee definitely looks bigger than we'd anticipated. iFixit notes that the bottom of the box is fairly easy to slide off after removing the four Phillips screws on the bottom (which are hidden by Boxee's rubber base):
Apple TV: They noted that Apple TV had no screws, so they had to carefully pry it open with metal spudgers.
The first thing iFixit noted about Apple TV's insides was a thermal pad. And they note that the device probably doesn't produce much heat.
- Intel Atom CE4110 SOC processor
- Wolfson WM8524G stereo DAC
- AKM 8137A multi-clock generator
- Nanya 1035 NT5CB128MCN-CG 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM (1/2 total RAM capacity)
- RealTek RTL8201N 10/100 Ethernet PHYceiver
- FE1.1 USB 2.0 HUB LG3A924A6180
And on the other side:
- LB TS21C HF 1031S
- Microchip PIC24FJ64GA004-I/PT 16-bit flash microcontroller
- Nanya NT5CB128M8CN-CG 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM (1/2 total RAM capacity)
- Apple A4 Processor
- Samsung NAND Flash
- Empty spot for another Samsung NAND Flash???
- Apple 338S0891
- Broadcom BCM4329XKUBG
Here are some highlights from their teardown:
* The Boxee Box has an Intel CE4110 processor which is nearly identical to the Logitech Revue's CE4150. In fact, both devices seem to be running at 1.2 GHz.
* Other notable specifications of the Boxee are 1 GB of Nanya DDR3 SDRAM and 1 GB of Toshiba NAND flash memory. Realtek is contributing an RTL8201N Ethernet chip, and Broadcom provides the BCM4319XKUBG Wi-Fi chip.
* The Boxee has a digital to analog audio converter, courtesy of Wolfson Audio! That means you can pump out 1080p video and still use your analog audio equipment. Very convenient for people who may hook up the Boxee Box directly to their computer speakers or retro stereo equipment.
* In stark contrast with the Apple TV, this media player has a convenient SD card slot.
* A soft white plate on the status panel disperses the light from a couple LEDs to illuminate the semi-transparent Boxee logo either orange (standby) or green (running).
* Instead of using thermal paste, the Boxee Box uses a phase-change thermal pad much like the one found on the heat sink of the Logitech Revue.
You can see the entire Boxee teardown at iFixit