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X-ray Inspection Tutorial at SMTA International


As we prepare to head back to California after a great week in Chicago, we thought it would be nice to share with you the slides we presented at the SMTA International Conference. Our thanks to the SMTA team for organizing another fantastic conference and expo.

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Dr. Thomas and Dr. Cardoso presented our tutorial this year. A total of 6 presentations were covered, and slides you can find in the following links. For those who were able to join us this year, our sincere appreciation! We hope to see you again soon!

X-Ray Inspection and Applications

Apple Watch Teardown and More!

How to Find Defects in SMT Electronics Manufacturing

LED, BGA, and QFN Assembly and Inspection: Case Studies

New Algorithms to Improve X-Ray Inspection

Statistical Process Control for SMT Electronic Manufacturing

X-Ray Phone Cases


As you know we’ve been x-raying phones for a while now. As a tribute to the uber geek, we decided to customized cell phone cases with the x-ray image of the phone. We have cases for the iPhone 5/5S, 6, 6 Plus, and also for the Samsung S5.

Ever wondered where the vibration motor of your phone is located? Now you can! Check the video for more details.

We will have these cases at the various trade shows we go to around the world. Click here to figure out where to find us.

iPhone 5/5S Slim Case

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iPhone 5/5S Protective Case

 

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iPhone 6 Slim Case

 

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iPhone 6 Plus Slim Case

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Galaxy S5 Protective Case

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New vs Old: X-Ray Teardown of MacBooks from 2007 and 2014


In today’s post we compare the x-ray teardown of two popular Apple laptops: 2007 black MacBook and 2014 MacBook Air. Don’t forget to check out the video with the whole process:

2007 Black MacBook

The 2007 version of the MacBook came in two colors, black and white. At the time, the black MacBook was the top of the line in terms of price and performance. This laptop came with a wide range of interface ports – from composite video (later replaced by Thunderbolt in modern Apple laptops) to a real Ethernet connector. The MacBook also had a DVD player, one of the many media made obsolete by Apple. Here’s an animation showing the MacBook and its x-ray image.

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2014 MacBook Air

We move forward in time 7 years to show you the latest MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is thinner, lighter, and smaller than its predecessors. However, these gains came at a cost: a small number of interface ports. The DVD player is long gone, and we’re left with 2 USB ports and a single Thunderbolt port. It can be difficult at times to work with the MacBook Air with such limited interfaces. But its size and weight make it a perfect travel laptop. For users who need more interfaces and horsepower, the answer is the Retina MacBook Pro.

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The Battery Revolution

The following x-ray images show that batteries grew considerably over the years – as the electronics shrunk. We’ve seen a similar trend in the cell phones from previous teardowns – see “A Brief History of Cell Phones“. It is clear that these devices can be made much smaller, however at a sacrifice of battery life.

For the next generation of smaller electronics we need a breakthrough in battery technology!

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Plantronics Voyager Teardown by TruView™ X-Ray


For our teardown today we decided to take a break of our smartphone-focused series of posts. However, we didn’t go far. The focus today is the Bluetooth headset by Plantronics, named Voyager Legend.  This is a nice headset – almost 7 hours of talk time, lightweight, and great sound quality. Click on the image for a nice overlay of the Legend’s photo and x-ray:

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To better navigate thru the device, we created the following diagram showing the areas of the headset we imaged.

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1 – CPU

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2 – Battery contacts

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3 – ON/OFF switch

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4 – Volume up and down

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5 – Connection of the wires from the speaker and microphones

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6 – Speaker

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7 – Interface push buttons

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8 – Push button for audio interface

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9 – Inside facing microphone – first of the 3 mics in this device

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10 – Outside facing microphone

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11 – Front and outside facing microphones

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12 – Front facing microphone – detail

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Apple iPhone 5S Teardown by TruView™ X-Ray … next: iPhone 6!


The iPhone 6 launched last week – and is already out of stock! In preparation to the iPhone 6 teardown, we went ahead with the teardown by TruView™ X-Ray of the Apple iPhone 5S.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the 5s specs.

  • Apple A7 processor with 64-bit architecture.
  • M7 motion co-processor.
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB Storage.
  • 4-inch retina display with 326 ppi.
  • 8 MP iSight camera (with larger 1.5µ pixels) and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera.
  • Fingerprint identity sensor built into the home button.
  • Available in three different colors: space gray, silver, and gold.

Looks good on the outside, now let’s take a look inside. 

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