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How to Open a Microchip and what’s inside?

How to Open a Microchip and what’s inside?

Taking a look

Images are clickable (beware of 5-25Mb JPEG’s).
Colors are enhanced, in reality they are much less saturated.

PL2303HX — USB<>RS232 converter, chips like this are used in Arduino-like boards for example:

 

LM1117 — low-dropout linear regulator:
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74HC595 — 8-bit shift register:
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NXP 74AHC00 — quad 2-input NAND gate.
This is a nice example that ‘old’ tech nodes (1µm and older) are still in use. Also, note how many spare via are there for improved yield..
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