grinding down chips was Re: QX10 graphics board
root at parse.com
Fri Jan 27 09:36:10 CST 2006
William Donzelli sez...
> > I don't know about grinding, but the guy at MIT who figured out the Xbox
> > innards did something of the sort (regardless, it's a great read):
> A guy I went to school with does this for Motorola. He gets chips back
> that are failing in the field and dissects them to find out what went
> I think the actual process involves shaving rather than grinding.
I did something similar as a kid at BNR (now Nortel) at their Corkstown facility.
I had purchased a whack of "unmarked but guaranteed to be the same chip"
from the old MIL (Microsystems International Limited) at a surplus place,
and mentioned to one of the engineers at BNR that I'd like to know what they were.
The process was that they put it into a high temperature high-oxygen-content
chamber and basically "eroded" the plastic from around the chip. Over the
course of a few hours, the eroded plastic was simply brushed away,
finally exposing the chip. We were then able to read the part number off
the die -- ML741 :-)
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