Teardown- Tesla 2013 Model S


Tesla, the storied independent manufacturer of electric cars and electric powertrain components, is an industry disrupter constantly in the headlines—thanks to brash and bold maneuvers in the manifold spheres of design, technology, energy and IP. Sharpen your competitive edge by understanding Tesla piece by piece from the perspective of an IHS Teardown expert.
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Tesla Model S: Sit Down
Andrew Rassweiler, Senior Director of Teardown services at IHS Technology, discusses the highlights of his team’s recent teardown of a Tesla Model S.
Tesla Model S: Look Inside
Andrew Rassweiler, Senior Director of Teardown services at IHS Technology, shows off some of the components found in various modules of a recently analyzed Tesla Model S.

 

Sharpen your competitive edge by understanding the newest technologies piece by piece

Stay competitive, reach new markets and negotiate more effectively with an intricate and objective understanding of Tesla’s electronic component bill of materials (BOM), brought to you by the IHS Teardown team.

The Tesla teardown project from IHS offers analysis on 12 key electronic vehicle parts, including an in-depth exploration of the Premium Media Control Unit, the Instrument Cluster and the Battery.  The analysis features annotated digital photos of all sub-assemblies including printed circuit boards highlighting regions by function, with manufacturers’ names, part numbers and access to an online tool with detailed component specifications.

 

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Starting now, customers can watch as new information about each part is revealed on the teardown web application.

Premium Media Control Unit   Instrument Cluster   Charger
Premium External Audio Amplifier   Sunroof Control Unit   Body Control Unit
HVAC Control Unit   Liftgate Left Hand Taillight   Power Liftgate Module
Thermal Controller   Passive Saftey Restraints Control Module   Park Brake Controller

Event Webcast: Inside the Electronics Inside the Tesla Model S
October 14, 2014

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In this Electronics360 webinar, IHS Teardown experts reveal key findings from inside the Tesla 2013 Model S and its electronic components. Tesla, the storied independent manufacturer of electric cars and electric powertrain components, is an industry disrupter constantly in the headlines—thanks to brash and bold maneuvers in the spheres of design, technology, energy and IP. Attendees will sharpen their competitive edge by understanding Tesla piece by piece from the perspective of an IHS Teardown expert. 


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The Tesla is not only a ground breaking electric vehicle, but breaks new ground in infotainment. IHS teardowns show that the high bill of electronics reflects in a unique 17” screen and attention-grabbing navigation and infotainment system. Tesla’s infotainment system for its model S is not manufactured by tier 1s like Harman, Continental, and Bosch. PCBs from Tesla are branded with its logo, reflecting the fact that it designs and specs the premium “media control unit” itself, with...
 
Tesla has maintained its position of being unique in the automotive industry. IHS teardowns show that the high bill of electronics reflects in the 12.3” digital instrument cluster. This panel has a 1280 by 480-resolution LCD from Japan Display Inc. which happens to be one of the Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6-plus supplier. In terms of semiconductor content, this virtual instrument cluster has four times the semiconductor value compared to a hybrid instrument cluster such as the one in...
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As the amount of content made available in automotive vehicles increases, the demand for on-board navigation, entertainment (infotainment) systems, and digital instrument clusters is growing exponentially. The use of displays in automobiles is becoming a growing standard and no longer reserved for luxury cars. Center stack display (CSD) and Driver Information Display (DID) are the two major segments for the in-market (installed during vehicle manufacturing phases) automotive display...
 
The introduction of 4G LTE data network is paving the way for a more promising future to realize IoT (Internet of Things), a concept of technology that can be used to bring Internet connectivity to just about any device. Underlining the concept, the car, the “ultimate mobile device”, is transforming from a separate transport vehicle into part of a connected network of peer mobile devices with telematics data sharing and becomes the so called “connected car.” Data including speed, direction and real...

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Capped by last week’s announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market. In two major deals announced in August, Germany’s Infineon Technologies AG said it would acquire U.S.-based International Rectifier Corp., while On Semiconductor Corp. sealed a deal to acquire fellow American...
 
Everyone knows that Tesla Motors Inc. doesn’t do things the same way as other automakers. However, the company’s unique approach to automaking runs far deeper than the Model S’s electric drivetrain, battery packs and futuristic body. In fact, the company’s unconventional approach extends all the way down the electronics behind the car’s infotainment and instrumentation systems, according to the Teardown Analysis Service at IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS)...
Smartphone Connectivity Presents Both Opportunities and Challenges for Automotive Processor Chip Suppliers    
The use of smartphones in motor vehicles—already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon—is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers. The most promising prospect for automotive processors in the years ahead will be in the telematics portal head unit, which can connect with a smartphone for mobile broadband connectivity. Revenue for automotive....
 
 
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