Cowon iAudio U3 Cracked

When specification of iAudio U3 was first unveiled, some iAudio fans guessed that it is no longer using Cowon’s favourite Sigmatel chips. They claimed that Sigmatel’s STMP3520 can’t produce powerful output as iAudio U3 does (30mW + 30mW). Now, this statement is proved to be true. Chinese iMP3.net has cracked an iAudio U3 into pieces. What actually inside in it?

Cowon iAudio U3


From pictures below, we have identified few components in iAudio U3, which are:

  • System on Chip: Telechips TCC770
  • FM Chip: Philips TEA5767
  • Power Management Unit: Philips PCF50606HN (O2B/N1Y)
  • Flash Memory: K9K4G08U0M

Cowon iAudio U3

Cowon iAudio U3

Cowon iAudio U3

iAudio U3 is possible the first model to use Telechips TCC770 chips. There is still no official statement about it. Its sound quality is better than TCC767 but has lower transmission speed. It is tested to write at about 5mB/s while TCC767 writes at 10M/s.

{ via iMP3.net }

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  • Anonymous

    The original article — should anyone want to see it — can be found here: http://www.imp3.net/article/article.php?articleid=6959

    To the person above me, I should like to point out that a lower transfer rate doesn’t necessarily automatically make the chip worse than it’s predecessor. As has been mentioned, it purportedly produces a higher quality of audio. If this is true, slower rates — within reason — are a worthwhile tradeoff.

  • Anonymous

    The original article — should anyone want to see it — can be found here: http://www.imp3.net/article/article.php?articleid=6959

    To the person above me, I should like to point out that a lower transfer rate doesn’t necessarily automatically make the chip worse than it’s predecessor. As has been mentioned, it purportedly produces a higher quality of audio. If this is true, slower rates — within reason — are a worthwhile tradeoff.

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