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Decapsulation Authenticity Testing: Delivering Quality – Behind the Scenes

Smith’s decapsulation testing offers a rigorous look at components – inside and out.

 Smith delivers quality our customers around the world can trust, no matter what components they’re seeking or what disruptions the global electronics supply chain is experiencing. But what steps go into this quality assurance?

In our new series Delivering Quality – Behind the Scenes, we’ll offer an inside look at the steps our quality control and inspection teams take to make sure every component we ship is examined, tested, and vetted so our customers receive only the best from Smith.

 (Learn more about our in-house authenticity testing options in our most recent video: XRF Authenticity Testing: Delivering Quality – Behind the Scenes.)

Reliable, In-House Authenticity Testing

Quality is always a top priority at Smith, but times of shortage and scarcity like we are currently seeing – around the world and across industries – highlight even more intensively how crucial it is. Especially with strained supply chains and widespread scarcity, the risk of encountering inauthentic components within the open market heightens.

This is why it’s vital to work with reliable, qualified sourcing partners. Having, maintaining, and continually investing in in-house quality programs and resources are key indicators that a supplier can be trusted to source, procure, verify, and deliver the electronic components you need.

Since 2000, we have offered in-house component testing services, and we expanded further in 2010 to offer a wide array of anticounterfeit testing at our headquarters in Houston. Our other operational hubs in Hong Kong and Amsterdam rapidly followed, allowing us to offer mirrored capabilities across our three global operational hubs, supported by our rigorous inspector training and certification processes.

Our decapsulation testing offers a vital step within our suite of authenticity testing services.


Confirm Indicators of Compliance

Our decapsulation process is a destructive testing option that examines components in accordance with customer-approved sampling plans to confirm compliance with manufacturer specifications. Using decapsulation, we can verify both the die size and manufacturers’ logos on parts.

Examine Structures

Decapsulation looks below the surface of components to inspect the architecture of their dies – and confirm that they are consistent with the known structures as built by their manufacturers.

Verify Part Numbers

Decapsulation takes a close look at components to confirm that their part numbers are correct and consistent, with no inaccuracies that would flag inauthentic parts.

Copper Protection

In addition to verification processes, Smith’s decapsulation machine also includes copper protection. This added safeguard helps to preserve the copper wires within components during the decapsulation process.

A Keen Examination to Confirm Authenticity

Smith’s decapsulation testing offers an intensive look inside components and at their outer layers, verifying that they adhere to manufacturer specifications at every level and every part of their architecture.

As part of the expansive suite of anticounterfeit testing Smith offers, decapsulation plays a vital role in confirming that parts are authentic, top quality, and ready to put into use immediately to keep your production moving.

Keep an eye out here on our blog and our LinkedIn page for more industry news, analysis, and insights – and for the next video in our Delivering Quality: Behind the Scenes series!

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