Need Docs for XT RAM Board...

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Fri Nov 17 13:06:40 CST 2006

On 17 Nov 2006 at 10:29, Chris M wrote:

> so if you presumably (probably? possibly?) eliminate
> any heat getting to the ic's innards by the method I
> described, you're likely doing no damage to it?

I'm not sure about this, but it would seem that using water to cool 
the body of an IC while needing to apply more heat to the pin to melt 
the solder would make for a steeper temperature gradient through the 
packaging.  Could this in fact be counter-productive by increasing 
stresses on the encapsulation?

I really don't worry too much about overheating a chip by desoldering 
it.  Consider that what destroys a chip thermally during operation is 
localized overheating within the die itself.  Using a temperature-
controlled iron would seem to elminate most overheating problems.

As another example, consider the use of ovens for mounting SMT 
devices.    No water there--and the small, low thermal-mass SMT 
devices seem to survive just fine.


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