Elite Etch - Dual Acid Decapsulator
Automated Acid Decapsulation was invented and patented by Dr. Ben Winsick more than 25 years
ago. Dr. Winsick moved from the Netherlands to join National Semiconductor in Santa Clara, California
during this period.
From his pioneering approach to IC package decapsulation until now there have been only a few
minor improvements, but no real breakthroughs in decapsulator design - until now.
The Elite Etch from RKD Engineering is an Automated Mixed Acid Decapsulator that enables high productivity through the integration of advanced features, made possible by the use of modern materials and design concepts. RKD’s Elite Etch Decapsulator rapidly and easily opens even the most delicate packages by delivering precise, micro aliquots of nitric, sulfuric, or mixes of these acids to the package with no sample damage.
The RKD Elite Etch Acid Decapsulator incorporates many engineering innovations. A monolithic etch head assembly machined from premium grade silicon carbide is used for unsurpassed acid resistance. Coupled with an active nitrogen gas monitoring and purge system this monolithic design reduces the fuming of any residual acids left on the etch head after a decap process - a common
problem with less sophisticated designs. Our choice of monolithic silicon carbide also enables
short heat-up times.