Computer Electronics

IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer Teardown

30 November 2012
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

Main Features

Basic "business" laptop with Intel Celeron M 1.6GHz processor, 40GB HDD (5400 rpm), CD-ROM 24x Max, 256MB DDR2 DRAM, 802.11 a/b/g, V.92 Modem.

IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Motherboard TopIBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Motherboard Top

Target Market

Low-end laptop (Celeron - minimum memory configuration) - entry-level consumer / business portable computer consumers - primarily for web access / wireless and basic PC applications.



Pricing and Availability

In USA from IBM's retail website - $784 USD with (more or less) this configuration - however the minimum memory configuration online is 512MB (vs 256MB) (as of 12/22/06).

Volume Estimations

We have assumed a total lifetime production volume for this unit of 4 million units over approximately a 2-year lifetime.

As a reminder, volume production assumptions are not meant to be necessarily "market accurate", and are meant primarily to be used for our cost analysis in terms of amortized NRE and tooling costs, especially for custom components specific to the model being analyzed (mechanical components especially).

Function / Performance

No performance testing was performed.

Manufacturing Notes

Country of Origin / Volume Assumptions

Based on labeling - this laptop was "Made for Lenovo" in China. Most modular assemblies were labeled with their respective countries of origin. The list of these countries can be found in the "Overview" tab and table in this analysis. Our manufacturing rate for China was applied across the board, since the only assemblies made outside of China were "self-contained" assemblies which are purchased as finished commoditized product (hard drive, optical drive, etc.).

Manufacturing costs are calculated (modeled) on a per component basis for auto "pick and place" insertion costs as well as "hand inserted" assembly costs (all components are in one category or the other). Local, burdened labor rates are applied for all hand assembly and test operator cycle times, and in the case of pick and place our model differentiates regional cost structures. In addition test costs are calculated for devices which are not delivered as finished assemblies (hard drives, optical drives, some pointing devices, 802.11 cards, etc.). Overhead is a percentage calculation based on total cost of the device.

IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Motherboard TopIBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Motherboard Top
Design for Manufacturing / Device Complexity

In terms of complexity of the device - we know laptops to be inherently complex and dense. Manufacturing costs for more densely configured devices in inevitably higher than such products as desktops where assembly is facilitated and costs reduced by not having to resort to more sophisticated, costly and complex systems for such things as interconnect (flex, PCBs, etc.). Furthermore, higher density PCBs cost inherently more, as typically this affects board layer counts, via structures and complexity, etc.

We tend to use component counts as the one measurable and clearly defined "metric" by which we can compare and judge the relative complexity of devices and comment as to where a given device fits in the spectrum of overall manufacturing cost and complexity between devices. One point of comparison we do have, albeit a bit dated, is the entry-level Dell Insipron 1200. That device featured a total component count of 1872 discrete components. Given the way we account for some assemblies as lineitems (hard drives, displays, etc.) this count is not exhaustive.

Nonetheless, this model features a total component count of 1929 components - slightly more, but significantly more than the HP Compaq NX6310 Laptop which we are analyzing in parallel and is functionally nearly identical to this Lenovo. The HP Compaq comes in at a mere 1595 components.

IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Motherboard BottomIBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Motherboard Bottom
Design Notes



  • Intel - LF80538NE0251M - Intel Celeron M Processor 420, 1.60GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 533MHz, 65nm Process


  • Intel - QG82940GML - Memory Controller and Graphics Hub


  • Intel - NH82801GBMSL8YB - ICH7 I/O Controller Hub

I/O & Interface

  • MCU - Renesas - R4F2116TE20V - 16-Bit CPU, 128KB ROM, 8KB RAM, 112 I/Os
  • System LSI - Rohm - BD4175KVT
  • Ethernet Controller - Broadcom - BCM5751M - Single Chip Solution, Integrated 10/100/1000Base-T Transceiver & MAC, PCI Interface
  • Codec - Analog Devices - AD1981HDJSTZ - HD Audio SoundMAX, S/PDIF Output


  • SODIMM - Samsung - M470T3354CZ3-CE6 - DDR2 - 256MB, 32Mx64, 667MHz, 5-5-5, 1.8V
  • Flash - Macronix - MX25L1605AM2C - NOR, 16Mb, SPI
  • EEPROM - ST Microelectronics - M24C64WDW - 64Kb, Serial I2C Bus

Other Sub-Assemblies

Hard Drive

  • Hitachi - HTS541040G9SA00 - 40GB, 2.5", SATA II, 5400RPM, 8MB Buffer

Optical Drive

  • Hitachi-LG - GCC-4244N - DVD/CD-RW Rom Drive - Slim Internal Type, Tray Load, EIDE/ATAPI, 8X DVD-ROM Read, 24x24x24x CD-RW


  • AU Optronics - B150XG02 - 15" TFT LCD, 262K Color, 1024x768 (XGA), 304.1mm x 228.1mm Viewable Area, 4:3 Aspect Ratio, 0.297 Pixel Pitch, 180Cd/m2, 300:1 Contrast Ratio, 25ms Response Time

IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Display UnitIBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Display Unit
Wireless Card

  • Atheros - AR5BXB6 - 802.11a/b/g Mini PCIe Card

IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - WLAN Mini PCI ModuleIBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - WLAN Mini PCI Module
V.92 Modem Card

  • Foxconn - Fax/Modem Data, 56K, V.92 Fax, Conexant Chipset

Battery Pack

  • Battery - Li-Ion - 10.8V, 5.2Ah

Power Supply

  • AC Power Adapter - 65W, Input 100-240V ~1.5A, Output 20V 3.25A

Common Features Not Found on This Device

  • Bluetooth Module(s)
  • Camera Module(s)
  • Fingerprint Authentication Device(s)

IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Box ContentsIBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad R60e Laptop Computer_(iSi) - Box Contents

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