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Letting the magic blue smoke out.

by on Sep.21, 2012, under Unpatched Tuesdays


Letting the magic blue smoke out.

Letting the magic blue smoke out.

For those who do not know what letting the magic blue smoke out reference’s, it simply means when something electronic is over powered, melted, or broken in such a way it may spark and produces smoke is a sign of death of a component or a device.
Often the smoke is blue when IC’s burn, other components may produce other colours based on the metals and materials they are composed of. Wikipedia of course has an article on this topic with more information, and I am sure could be expanded upon.

To see the magic smoke get released and what the Microscope has found click on the more link below.
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Fun with FIB

by on Apr.20, 2009, under Uncategorized

It’s the HackLab logo only 33.4 micrometers tall!  The logo was milled onto a gold bond wire from an Atmel chip using a 50 picoamp focused ion beam (FIB).

The two images show the logo at 1000 and 6500 times magnification.  Many thanks and much respect to Flylogic Engineering for doing this at their lab!

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