Yemen Electronics
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Yemen Electronics

by stinkbutt on Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:48 pm

So, what's this thing look like to you guys?

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I figure it's about even money this whole scare turns out to be all sound & fury signifying nothing, so if it ends up being a legitimate electronic device what could it be? Ideas?
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by dcornejo on Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:47 pm

the shape and the RF shielding say stripped down cell phone to me.

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Re: Yemen Electronics

by X-Cubed on Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:49 pm

Yep, looks like a standard cellphone to me.

- At the top right, you can see a front facing camera and pads to connect to the piezo speaker in the case
- The large silver area is where the LCD would usually be
- At the bottom, below the silver area appear to be micro switches for the volume controls (+/-)
- The metal cans cover the main electronics
- There are two visible connectors in the left half to connect to the keypad and probably the mic
- At the far left appear to be pads for a docking/charger connector
- No sign of a battery, but that will probably be just behind the board.
- The wires leading up to the left probably trigger something when there's an incoming call
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by Seakip18 on Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:51 pm

I'd agree with it being a cell phone pcb. Notice the camera in the top right?

I've also seen very similar ribbon-type cable receptacles on cell phones, not that it'd couldn't be on other stuff.
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by adafruit on Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:00 pm

neat, we put up a photo with some flickr notes here http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladyada/5126516011/ :)
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by vxbinaca on Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:07 pm

That is a series 40 Nokia phone, probably the most ubiquitous cellphone on the planet. Now, series 40's are a family which has numerous models in it, but I've taken apart (and owned) enough of them to know one when I see one.

Purely speculation here: It's probably a GSM model because it'd be easy to load a american SIM into it before shipment or during assembly to make it work here. AT&T SIM's can be had for $10 for a few cards shipped.
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by Entropy on Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:53 pm

stinkbutt wrote:So, what's this thing look like to you guys?

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I figure it's about even money this whole scare turns out to be all sound & fury signifying nothing, so if it ends up being a legitimate electronic device what could it be? Ideas?

Could you give some more background as to what this "Yemen Electronics" scare is???
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by uoip on Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:41 pm

Entropy wrote:Could you give some more background as to what this "Yemen Electronics" scare is???


It has been one of the lead stories on many worldwide news outlets lately. Here is one article

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/11658452

If you google using terms like "air freight", "bomb", and "yemen", you'll probably find more articles.
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by mike31416 on Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:36 am

There is a write up on bunnie's blog:

http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=1359
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Re: Yemen Electronics

by Philly on Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:17 am

It would still pick up a signal without the antenna, it usually grabs about 2 bars. Im curious about how they planned on detonating the PETN, I've not seen any information about a blasting cap/det wire being used.
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