Seminar: Inside my iPhone - Technology analysis of a smart phone - 6 ECTS

Registration at TUMonline (limited to 10 participants)

Warning: This is a demanding seminar requiring considerable engagement and interest from your side. Best suited for students after the 2nd semester. If you are not a committed and persistent person, this is the wrong seminar. You will be forced to registrate for the exam.

At work, you often will be confronted with situations where you need to obtain technical information which is not easily accessible and even might be company confidential. The purpose of this course is to prepare for such situations by working on a technology analysis of a smart phone as a case study.

The course starts with a series of lectures, where search strategies are developed and worked out. Students will learn where to look, how to search, how to read information. Equipped with this know how, you will work on one individual enabling technology of a smart phone, write a 4-page scientific paper about it and present the results to your colleagues in a presentation.

The choice of technology topics of a smart phone can be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.The student is expected to work out the basics and general principles of a selected technology and discuss the specific implementation in a smart phone.

After participation in this seminar, you will know

- how to search for technology information effectively
- where to look for information
- how to use search engines efficiently
- current hot spots of electronic technology platforms
- how to read patents and where to find relevant information in them
- where to get construction analysis reports
- practice the search strategies by working on a selected topic
- get an technology overview about enabling technologies of a smart phone
- train soft skills:
  * self dependent learning of a scientific topic
  * improving oral presentation skills
  * writing a scientific report

This time we will look into the inside of the iPhone 7 smartphone.

Topics will be:

1. Qorvo Envelope Tracker
2. Digital Compass
3. SAW Filters
4. Barometer
5. Accelerometer + Gyroscope
6. Proximity Sensor
7. iSight camera
8. How Autofocus works in camera
9. Taptic Engine
10. Finger Print Sensor

Course description is in TUMonline.

Registration for the course is via TUMonline (help for registration)
(First come, first serve)

Mandatory kick-off meeting and participants freeze is on 27.4. at 16:45 in N5311


Paper submission date is Monday July 3, 2017until 10:00 AM by email to


Presentations will be on Thursday July 27, 2017 from 16:00 -22:30 PM in N5311. Full time participation is mandatory.