Mobile Devices

HP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer Teardown

02 March 2010
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

Overview / Main Features

The HP Pavilion DM3Z is the AMD-equipped version of HP's DM3 series of entertainment notebook computers. The aluminum brushed finish laptop features a LED backlit 13.3-inch and a 6 cell lithium ion battery for extended portable use. Inside, the DM3Z features an AMD Turion Neo X2 processor (L625, 1.6GHz) and companion AMD chipset featuring ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics. This particular model comes configured with 2GB of SO-DIMM memory, 320GB disk space and an 802.11n-capable WLAN module.

HP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer Main ImageHP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer Main Image
Target Market

ULV computing / light-weight notebook


Q4 2009

HP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - Motherboard TopHP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - Motherboard Top
Pricing and Availability

Pricing - The HP Pavilion DM3Z [with specific configurations listed here] sells for $650 direct from

Availability - North America (assumed)

Volume Estimations

For the purposes of this teardown analysis, we have assumed a lifetime production volume of 1M units.

As a reminder, teardown volume production assumptions are primarily 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). Unless assumed volumes are different by an order of magnitude, minor changes in volume (say 1 million vs. 2) rarely have a large net effect on our final analysis because of this.

HP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - Motherboard BottomHP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - Motherboard Bottom
Cost Notes

Major Cost Drivers (Representing ~80% of Total Direct Materials Costs)

Toshiba Storage Device - MK3263GSX - Hard Drive - 320GB, 2.5', 5400rpm, SATA II, 3Gb/s, 8MB Buffer

LG Display - LP133WH2 - Display Module Value Line Item - 13.3' TFT LED Backlit LCD, 262K Color, 1366 x 768 Pixels, 0.2148mm x .2148mm Pixel Size, 293.4mm x 165.0mm Viewable Area, 220cd/m^2, 500:1 Contrast Ratio, 16ms Response Time

AMD - TMZL625OAX5DY - CPU - Turion Neo X2 1.6GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 65nm

Battery - Li-Ion, 11.1V, 57Wh

Netlist - NL8256421207F-D64NEF - SODIMM DDR2 - 2GB, 256Mx64, 800MHz

AMD - RS780MN - Northbridge - Graphics and Memory Controller Hub

Atheros - AR5BHB92 - WLAN Half Mini PCIe Module Value Line Item - 802.11a/b/g/n

UniMicron Technology - 6-Layer - FR4

AMD - SB710 - Southbridge - I/O Controller Hub

Webcam PCB - Contains VGA Image Sensor, Novatek Camera Controller, Knowles Acoustics Silicon Microphone & Supporting Elements

Materials and Manufacturing $399.49

HP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer Cost AnalysisHP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer Cost Analysis

What Is Not Included in our Cost Analysis

The total materials and manufacturing costs reported in this analysis reflect ONLY the direct materials cost (from component vendors and assorted EMS providers), AND manufacturing with basic test. Not included in this analysis are costs above and beyond the material manufacture of the core device itself - cost of intellectual property, royalties and licensing fees (those not already included into the per component price), software, software loading and test, shipping, logistics marketing and other channel costs including not only EMS provider and the OEM's margin, but that of other resellers. Our cost analysis is meant to focus on those costs incurred in the manufacture of the core device and exceptionally in some circumstances the packaging and literature as well.

HP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - EnclosureHP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - Enclosure
Manufacturing Notes

OEM/ODM/EMS Relationships / Manufacturing

Per iSuppli's own Global OEM Manufacturing and Design Analysis (GOMDA) report, HP outsources nearly 100% of its mobile PC manufacturing to EMS providers and ODMs. Specifically, this custom configured DM3Z was shipped directly from Flextronics.

Country of Origin / Volume Assumptions

Based on markings, the HP Pavilion notebook computer was manufactured in China. Furthermore, we have assumed that custom mechanicals (plastics, metals, etc.) were sourced in China.

Country of origin assumptions relate directly to the associated cost of manufacturing, where calculated by iSuppli. In the cases of 'finished' sub-assemblies (such as SO-DIMM modules), we do not calculate internal manufacturing costs, but rather assess the market price of the finished product in which case country of origin assumptions may or may not have a direct effect on pricing.

Remember also that labor rates are applied directly only to hand inserted components and systems in our bill of materials, and although regional assumptions do, these new rates do not have a direct effect on our modeled calculations of placement costs for automated SMD assembly lines. "Auto inserted components (such as SMT components) placement costs are calculated by an iSuppli algorithm which allocates a cost per component based on the size and pin count of the device. This calculation is affected by country or region of origin as well.

Design for Manufacturing / Device Complexity

The HP Pavilion DM3Z has a component count of 1762, of which, 392 are mechanical in nature. Component counts have a direct bearing on the overall manufacturing cycle times and costs, and also can increase or decrease overall yields and re-work. Our calculations of manufacturing costs factor counts and more qualitative complexities in the design.

Note that manual labor has a much smaller effect on auto-insertion assembly lines (for the Main PCB, for example), where manufacturing costs are much more capital equipment intensive and driven by these investment costs.

Design Notes

Here is a summary of the major subsystems and components in the HP Pavilion DM3Z design:



  • AMD - TMZL625OAX5DY - Turion Neo X2 1.6GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 65nm


  • Northbridge - AMD - RS780MN Graphics and Memory Controller Hub
  • Southbridge - AMD - SB710 I/O Controller Hub

I/O & Interface

  • Motion Sensor / Accelerometer - ST Microelectronics - LIS302DL, MEMS, 3-Axis, +-2g/8g, Digital Output
  • I/O Controller - iTE - IT8502E, Super I/O Device, LPC Interface
  • Audio Codec - IDT - 92HD81B1C5NLGX, 4-Channel, w/ 4 Stereo Speaker Amplifiers & 2 Capless Headphone Amplifier, w/ LDO Regulator
  • Ethernet Controller - Realtek - RTL8103EL-GR, 10/100Base-T, PCI Express 1.1


  • Display Module - LG Display - LP133WH2


  • SODIMM DDR2 - Netlist - NL8256421207F-D64NEF


  • Hard Drive - Toshiba Storage Device - MK3263GSX (320GB, 2.5', 5400rpm, SATA II, 3Gb/s, 8MB Buffer)

HP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - Box ContentsHP Pavilion DM3Z Notebook Computer - Box Contents

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