In breaking apart a Tesla, IHS found the head unit alone holds nearly 5,300 individual components, more than four times the number of parts in an iPhone 5s.
The technicians, investigators and analysts took out the power train electronics including enormous battery packs, motor drive electronics, battery chargers. Inside, they found many chips from Nvidia, a company that makes graphics processors that powers games and other high-end videos. Other companies that were discovered include Innolux, Freescale Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics, Altera.
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One surprising factor Rassweiler discovered was how much of the product was actually designed by Tesla itself, specifically the display screen in the dashboard. It's common for most automotive companies to use a third party, rather than building and designing it themselves.
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Another factor that intrigued Rassweiler? "The simple fact that there's a 17-inch display controlling the vehicle. Kind of like a large iPad controlling your car."