Chip Off Machines for Forensics

With the advent of the digital age, one of the most important new areas of forensics is digital forensics — specifically the ability to extract useful evidence from a digital device. The most important aspect of this field is the ability to recover data that's locked into, hidden inside or supposedly deleted from a digital device.

One of the most useful new recovery technologies for a mobile device or other digital device involves chip off equipment. How does chip off technology work, what are the types of chip off machines we use to perform chip off data extraction, and how exactly do we use the machines in this process?

 

SP-360C BGA Rework Station

A great entry-level BGA Rework Station for jobs that don't require a split vision assist camera. The SP-360C BGA Rework Station is a basic rework station that is ideal for entry-level circuit board repair jobs. This rework station does not have a split-vision assist camera. The rework station fits boards up to 16.5 inches and has the capability to place components from 4 millimeters to 55 millimeters.

Fits Boards up to 16.5" Places components from 4mm to 55mm

Price: $2,780.00

RW-B400C BGA Rework Station

A great entry level BGA Rework Station for jobs that don't require split vision assist camera. The RW-B400C BGA Rework Station, another rework station without a split-vision assist camera, also works well for entry-level jobs. This rework station fits boards up to 17.5 inches, while it can also place components from 4 millimeters to 55 millimeters.

Fits Boards up to 17.5" Places components from 4mm to 55mm

Price: $3,680.00

SV530 Split Vision BGA Rework Station

High Resolution Vision System
Fits Boards up to 25"

The model SV530 Split-Vision BGA Rework Station features a high-resolution vision system, fits boards up to 20 inches and places components from 1 millimeter to 120 millimeters. If you need more capability, an upgrade for .22 millimeter and larger is available. The rework station includes a color optical system with a variety of functions, including zoom capabilities, split vision, micro-adjust, autofocus and an aberration and detection device. The station also has a 1,200-watt component heater on the top side and an 800-watt component heater on the bottom side, as well as a 2,400-watt IR underheater. The rework station is fully self-contained with no need for external air. It is ready to plug in and use.

Price is: 16,500.00 plus shipping.

Price includes one day on site set up and operational training in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Add one additional day of our BGA Rework Process Implementation Training for only $3,500.00 more. 

SV550 Split Vision BGA Rework Station

Standard Resolution Vision System
Fits Boards up to 25"

The model SV550 Split-Vision BGA Rework Station features a high-resolution vision system. The system fits boards up to 25 inches and places components from 1 millimeter to 120 millimeters. If you need more capability, an upgrade for .22 millimeter and larger is available.This model, which comes with a six-zone 3,600-watt IR underheater, is a step up from the SV530 Split-Vision BGA Rework Station. Other features include a 1,200-watt component heater on the top side and an 800-watt component heater on the bottom side. The color optical system is equipped with split vision, zoom, micro-adjust, auto-focus and software operation camera functionalities. The rework station is ready to plug in and use.

Price is: 18,500.00 plus shipping.

Price includes one day on site set up and operational training in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Add one additional day of our BGA Rework Process Implementation Training for only $3,500.00 more. 

 

SV560

High Resolution HDMI Vision System
Fits Boards up to 36"

The SV560 BGA Rework Station fits up to 24-inch boards with the option to upgrade to 36-inch boards. This rework station has the capabilities needed to rework heavy PCBs with many layers. The rework station can also place components from 1 millimeter to 120 millimeters. If you need more capability, an upgrade for .22 millimeter and larger is available. It has a 1,200-watt component heater on the top side, an 800-watt component heater on the bottom side and a six-zone 3,600-watt rapid-IR underheater. The rework station's color optical system includes split vision, zoom, micro-adjust and auto-focus functions, as well as a software operation function with a high-definition camera. Additionally, the rework system comes with a high-definition LCD monitor. Like our other rework stations, the SV560 is ready to plug in and use.

Price is: 21,500.00 plus shipping.

Price includes one day on site set up and operational training in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Add one additional day of our BGA Rework Process Implementation Training for only $3,500.00 more. 

 

 

SV560

High Resolution HDMI Vision System
Fits Boards up to 36"

The SV560 BGA Rework Station fits up to 24-inch boards with the option to upgrade to 36-inch boards. This rework station has the capabilities needed to rework heavy PCBs with many layers. The rework station can also place components from 1 millimeter to 120 millimeters. If you need more capability, an upgrade for .22 millimeter and larger is available. It has a 1,200-watt component heater on the top side, an 800-watt component heater on the bottom side and a six-zone 3,600-watt rapid-IR underheater. The rework station's color optical system includes split vision, zoom, micro-adjust and auto-focus functions, as well as a software operation function with a high-definition camera. Additionally, the rework system comes with a high-definition LCD monitor. Like our other rework stations, the SV560 is ready to plug in and use.

Price is: 21,500.00 plus shipping.

Price includes one day on site set up and operational training in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Add one additional day of our BGA Rework Process Implementation Training for only $3,500.00 more. 

 

 

SV560-A

 

High Resolution HDMI Vision System
Fits Boards up to 36"

The SV560-A BGA Rework Station is great for high-volume work on large boards. The rework station can fit boards up to 24 inches, and an upgrade will allow the station to fit boards up to 36 inches. It can place components from 1 millimeter and up. Like the SV550 and SV560 models, this rework station has a 1,200-watt component heater on the top side, an 800-watt component heater on the bottom side and a six-zone 3,600-watt rapid-IR underheater, as well as a color optical system with split vision, zoom, micro-adjust and auto-focus. The color optical system also has a 1.3-million-pixel high-definition camera. Additional features include a motorized vision system with auto soldering and mounting functions, motorized X, Y and theta controls, a 15-inch high-definition LCD monitor and five thermal couple inputs. The rework station is ready to be plugged in and used.

Price is: 24,500.00 plus shipping.

Price includes one day on site set up and operational training in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Add one additional day of our BGA Rework Process Implementation Training for only $3,500.00 more. 

E6250U - Nitrogen Gas Capable

Uses compressed air or Nitrogen.

High Resolution HDMI Vision System

Fits Boards up to 36"

The model E6250U BGA Rework Station is a nitrogen-capable, split vision rework station that is ideal for high-yield, lead-free BGA rework of the largest circuit boards. The station fits boards up to 36 inches and places components 1 millimeter and up. The rework station has a 1,000-watt component heater on the top side, a 1,000-watt component heater on the bottom side and a six-zone 3,600-watt rapid-IR underheater.  The entire head of the machine can move in an X and Y direction with touch sensitive magnetic locks.  The top and bottom component heaters move in conjunction with each other. This allows you the ability to easily rework components at any location including the edge of very large boards. The color optical system has split vision, zoom and micro-adjust functions. Additional features include a 15-inch high-definition LCD monitor, five thermal couple inputs and auto soldering and mounting, in addition to motorized X, Y and theta controls.  This model requires and external air source and Nitrogen can be used for the top heater air.

Places components from 1mm to 120mm

Auto Pik n Place.

Motorized X, Y and Theta controls.

Joy Stick and Touch Screen Control

Movable Bottom Spot Heater

Price is: 29,000.00 plus shipping.

Price includes one day on site set up and operational training in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Add one additional day of our BGA Rework Process Implementation Training for only $3,500.00 more.

E6250U Nitrogen Capable SMD & BGA Rework Station with Cabinet

The model E6250U Nitrogen-Capable SMD & BGA Rework Station comes with all of the same features of the standard E6250U and it is mounted on a cabinet base with wheels.
All of the Shuttle Star Models from the SV530 and up are equipped with industrial PLC control and can be upgraded to come with a cabinet base on wheels.  The cabinet base on wheels is ideal if you need a mobile capability to move the unit for use in different labs or work areas.
Models SV560 and up can be upgraded to come with a side view camera.  This allows you the ability to see the solder reflow on a video screen.

Same specs as the E6250U BGA Rework Station listed above.

Only this once gas a movable cabinet base on wheels.

Contact us for pricing.

 

What Are Chip Off Machines Used for in Forensics?

Chip off machines are used to extract data from a digital device when that data is otherwise difficult to retrieve. If you've ever had your tablet or phone crash on you, you know how vital it is to have an effective way to recover data from the device.

When it comes to forensics, chip off technology can be extremely useful in recovering data from digital device owners who are unable or unwilling for various reasons to retrieve the data themselves. Examples might be retrieving “deleted” texts that discuss a crime that has been committed, proving that somebody has been viewing illegal or stolen material on their device or demonstrating that someone was using their phone while driving.

While there are other ways to extract data that the user has attempted to delete or hide by destroying the device, chip off technology has been shown to succeed where other methods have failed and to generate the most accurate images of hidden data. If you work in digital forensics or your business brings you into contact with those who regularly use digital forensics, it can be extremely useful to understand this technology, the chip off process and how to make use of it.
 

How Do Chip Off Machines Work?

When you're faced with a device on which the data seems irretrievable — most notably when it's so badly damaged physically that it doesn't work at all — chip off forensics can come to the rescue. Those in the data retrieval field may first try other, simpler data extraction methods — such as JTAG — but chip off technology tends to work when all else has failed.

Also, if you're in a situation where you need to preserve the state of memory exactly as it exists, such as when that state of memory is crucial evidence in a legal matter, computer forensic professionals may opt to go straight to attempting a chip off data extraction.

The goal of chip off extraction is to remove the flash memory chip from the device and extract the raw data directly from that chip using special chip off equipment that's designed specifically for this purpose. This amazing technology can allow you to extract a total physical image of the device in question. The process for extracting raw data from a device using chip off technology is as follows:

  1. First, the chip off technician physically removes the flash memory chip. This process can be completed with a combination of heat and solvent applications, specifically de-soldering and adhesive removal.
  2. Once the chip off technicians have removed the chip carefully and safely, the next step is to carefully clean the chip and repair any damage it has incurred. Then, the technician uses special imaging technology, such as chip programmers and adapters, to pull a copy of the raw data from the chip. The raw forensic image that's produced is then subject to analysis with a variety of forensic tools and utilities to extract the exact data that had been stored on the device.

The amount of time it takes to successfully extract and analyze data using chip off techniques can vary according to a number of factors, including the equipment the extractor is using and the level of training of the chip off expert. With a standard chip off project with well-trained professionals and quality equipment, it should be possible to turn around a chip off project in a matter of a few days or less.

A good chip off team with the right chip off equipment can have as high as a 99 percent success rate retrieving data from damaged devices.
 

What Types of Chip Off Equipment Are There?

Some of the tools commonly used in chip off projects can include hot-air rework stations, soldering stations, infrared rework stations, digital convection ovens, preheaters, BGA stencils, solder balls or solder paste, cleaning solvents, de-soldering braid and stereo microscopes.
 

What Devices Do Chip Off Machines Work With?

While the most popular use of chip off machines is to extract data from a mobile device like a smartphone, you can use the equipment to extract data from virtually any device that uses flash memory, including OneNAND, eMMC, NOR, NAND. Types of devices that chip off technicians have used chip off machines to extract data from include everything from tablets and USB drives to gaming systems, digital voice recorders, vehicle components, GPS units and more.
 

Can You Be Trained to Use a Chip Off Machine?

As you can see, having the ability to utilize this technology can be extremely useful in a number of industries, whether you intend to use the technology internally or provide it as a service. Fortunately, the answer is yes, chip off training from qualified instructors is available through Precision PCB Services, Inc. right now. We offer customized courses to fit your specific training needs, with small classes on a variety of PCB-related topics every day.

Precision PCB Services, Inc. can also help you and your business with many of the PCB Rework products and repair services that you may use in chip off projects.

To schedule chip off training for your staff, or for more information about high-quality PCB rework and repair services, call us at 888-406-2830 or contact us online today — we'll be happy to help as soon as you get in touch with us.