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TechInsights Teardown: Tesla Glovebox SSD

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Editor’s note: Information from this teardown is supplied courtesy of TechInsights. Learn more about the Tesla Glovebox SSD teardown here.

The Tesla Glovebox SSD is a 1 terabyte solid state drive (SSD) that allows users to store anything from dashcam footage, games and more in one place inside Tesla’s electric vehicles.

The SSD is designed for extreme cabin temperatures from -40° F to 185° F, can resist vehicle shocks and vibrations and can read and write speeds for playing games and other data transfers.

The device is placed inside the vehicle’s glovebox and the data can then be transferred via USB to other devices or among other Tesla cars.

The following is a partial deep dive into the Tesla SSD conducted by TechInsights.

Released: February 2023

Price: $350

Availability: Worldwide

Target market: Automotive

Main board

The main board includes the centerpiece of the Tesla’s Glovebox SSD with the Samsung 1TB 3D TLC V-NAND flash and SSD controller. Other electronic components found on the main board include:

  • Texas Instruments’ temperature sensor, 5.0 voltage sensor, 1-amp step-down converter and dual step-down converter
  • Onsemi’s 2-input AND gate
  • Realtek’s USB to PCIe/SATA bridge
  • Macronix 4MB serial NOR flash memory

(Learn more about memory chips on Globalspec.com)

USB Type A port

The USB Type A port allows the Tesla Glovebox SSD to be compatible with all Tesla vehicles as well as any device capable of supporting this type of connectivity. This allows the SSD to download dashcam footage or other media to another source or between Tesla vehicles.

(Learn more about USB connectors on Globalspec.com)

Major components

  • $35.57 — 1 TB 3D TLC V-NAND flash, SSD controller — Samsung (Qty: 1)
  • $1.28 — USB to PCIe/SATA bridge — Realtek (Qty: 1)
  • $0.87 — Internal frame (Qty: 1)
  • $0.85 — Main frame (Qty: 1)
  • $0.51 — Small passive cap (Qty: 91)
  • $0.38 — Six-layer conventional FR4 (Qty: 1)
  • $0.27 — Back cover (Qty: 1)
  • $0.26 — Coil (Qty: 4)
  • $0.25 — Small passive cap (Qty: 45)
  • $0.25 — Ceramic crystal (Qty: 1)