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CXD90025G inside die overview
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References[edit source]

Decap a (epoxy packaged) chip, but why?[edit source]

CXD90025G die numbers

  • to damage (beyond repair) the chip and things around you (including you) and end up ,if lucky, in the great Wall of Shame or much worst (dead, blind & anosmia ...)
  • for fun (then, use razorblade but not as you were going to tearing a part of the human scalp)
  • photograph for forensics purposes:
  • microprobing ( e.g.: with ion beam workstation)
  • if somehow, you end up here for making explosive things/dispose body, it s not the right place.

The Strike Easy Hard Way (be blind & anosmia)[edit source]

Epoxy resin around the chip could be removed using fuming nitric acid (HNO3) (when the solution contains more than 86% HNO3, it is referred to as fuming nitric acid).

Hot fuming nitric acid dissolves the package without affecting the chip. The procedure should preferably be carried out under very dry conditions, as the presence of water could corrode exposed aluminium interconnects.

Alternatives to heated HNO3 (70% concentration is enough) can be with cold white HNO3 (99% concentration), with sulfuric acid (H2SO4) or with (boilting) rosin (for 20 minutes).

The chip is then washed with acetone in an ultrasonic bath, followed optionally by a short bath in deionized water and isopropanol.

After that chip could be glued into a test package and bonded manually. Having enough experience it might be possible to remove epoxy without destroying bonding wires and smartcard contacts.

On the depackaged chip, the top-layer aluminium interconnect lines are still covered by a passivation layer (usually silicon oxide or nitride), which protects the chip from the environment and ion migration.

On top of this, we might also find a polyimide layer that was not entirely removed by HNO3 but which can be dissolved with ethylenediamine.

We have to remove the passivation layer (top layer of the die) before the probes can establish contact.

Wire bonding Gold is immune to attack from the fuming acids used to etch away the mold compound of the package; copper is not.

Passivation layer[edit source]

Growth of an oxide layer on the surface of a semiconductor to provide electrical stability by isolating the transistor surface from electrical and chemical conditions in the environment; this reduces reverse-current leakage, increases breakdown voltage, and raises power dissipation rating.

The most convenient depassivation technique is the use of a laser cutter. The UV or green laser is mounted on the camera port of the microscope and fires laser pulses through the microscope onto rectangular areas of the chip with micrometer precision. Carefully dosed laser flashes remove patches of the passivation layer.

The resulting hole in the passivation layer can be made so small that only a single bus line is exposed. This prevents accidental contacts with neighboring lines and the hole also stabilizes the position of the probe and makes it less sensitive to vibrations and temperature changes.

An other way to remove the passivation layer is by using hydrofluoric acid.

Terminology[edit source]

Nitric acid[edit source]

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You can burn/intoxicate by fumes (like countless of experimented and certified chemists). Chemical burn traumata with nitric acid lead to 
specific yellow- to brown-stained wounds with slower accumulation of eschar and slower demarcation compared with thermal burns; skins stains/coloration 
can happens later on (8 hours) without you noiticing any traumata/burn on the spot.
  • Boiling point:83 °C (181 °F; 356 K) 68% solution boils at 121 °C (250 °F; 394 K)

Sulfuric acid[edit source]

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causing very severe burns, apidly attacks the cornea and can induce permanent blindness if splashed onto eyes.

Hydrofluoric acid[edit source]

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In addition to being a highly corrosive liquid, hydrofluoric acid is also a contact poison. It should therefore be handled with extreme care.
Because of the ability of hydrofluoric acid to penetrate tissue, poisoning can occur. Rinsing off is not enough. 
Accidental exposures can go unnoticed until a day after (too late).
Corrosive effect on human tissue, with the potential to damage respiratory organs, eyes, skin, and intestines irreversibly.

Porcelain etch gel contain low (9.6%) concentration of Hydrofluoric acid

Hydrochloric Acid[edit source]

Chlorine[edit source]

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Chlorine is a toxic gas that irritates the respiratory system. Used as chemical weapon.
widely used for purifying water owing to its powerful oxidizing properties, especially potable water supplies and water used in swimming pools. 

Hydrogen peroxide[edit source]

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Regulations vary, but low concentrations, such as 6%, are widely available and legal to buy for medical use. 
Most over-the-counter peroxide solutions are not suitable for ingestion. 
Higher concentrations may be considered hazardous
Can be used for the sterilization of various surfaces/tools or creating organic peroxide based explosive as improvised explosive devices. 
When diluted H2O2 (between 1.9% and 12%) mixed with ammonium hydroxide is used to bleach human hair.

Rosin[edit source]

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Boil a chip for a few hours in rosin, like used for soldering. Refluxing equipment is ideal. Should eat away the casing. Might be best used with Dremeling or other techniques to remove the majority of the epoxy first. The active ingredient for this is abietic acid.

Acetone[edit source]

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Acetone is flammable for everyone (advanced/certified user or not), can enter the body by inhalation, skin contact or ingestion.

Common Products Containing Acetone:

Isopropanol[edit source]

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Symptoms of isopropyl alcohol poisoning include flushing, headache, dizziness, CNS depression, nausea, vomiting, anesthesia, and coma.
Poisoning can occur from ingestion, inhalation, or absorption; therefore, well-ventilated areas and protective gloves are recommended. 
Around 15 g of isopropyl alcohol can have a toxic effect on a 70 kg human (the bigger they are the harder they fall).

Ethylenediamine[edit source]

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Ethylenediamine is a skin and respiratory irritant. Unless tightly contained, liquid ethylenediamine will release toxic 
and irritating vapors into its surroundings, 
especially on heating. The vapors react with moisture in humid air to form a characteristic white mist, 
which is extremely irritating to skin, eyes, lungs and mucus membranes. 
Exposure to a relatively small amount of vapor or mist by inhalation can seriously damage health and may even result in death.

Ultrasonic bath[edit source]

An ultrasonic cleaning is a process that uses ultrasound (usually from 20–400 kHz) and an appropriate cleaning solvent (sometimes ordinary tap water) to clean items.

Deionized water[edit source]

Deionized water is a type of purified water with mineral ions (salts) removed. Deionized water is created by taking 
conventional water and exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract  and bind to the salts, removing them from the water.

Microprobing[edit source]

Microprobing techniques (invasive attacks) can be used, once the chip is depackaged, to access the chip surface directly, 
thus we can observe, manipulate, and interfere with integrated circuit.  
Microprobing workstation: Its major component is a special optical microscope with a working distance of at least 8 mm between the chip surface and the objective lens. 
On a stable platform around a socket for the test package, we install several micropositioners , 
which allow us to move a probe arm with submicrometer precision over a chip surface. On this arm, we install a probe needle. 
These elastic probe hairs allow us to establish electrical contact with on-chip bus lines without damaging them.

Safety[edit source]

Most of the items listed here are Prohibited Items (no fly)-hazardous materials (e.g.
Having them/making them/speaking/thinking/dreaming about them (with or without an proper license) is enough to put you in jail 
and being raped many time by many people/items.
  • before: no fly items - studish/read - ...
  • during: humble state of mind / not high/not drunk - ...
  • after: storage/disposal of hazardous items, nearest clinics - ....
  • proper workplace/labs (not your kitchen table or RV vehicle as acids can cause spontaneous combustion with organics)
  • fume Cabinet
  • acid-prof gloves
  • protection glasses
  • protective suit and shoes
  • wear a cap and tied your hairs


Others ways[edit source]

play it safety


Related articles[edit source]

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