Microelectronic Component Specialist

AS9100D and ISO9001:2015 Certified
Other Analytical Services

Metallographic Cross-sectioning


Metallographic cross-sectioning is the process of exposing the internal plane of interest of a sample for detailed examination. The process consists of mounting, sawing, grinding, polishing, and etching the sample so it can be analyzed using an optical microscope. A scanning electron microscope may also be used to verify and take a closer look at the microstructure that was observed under an optical microscope.



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Optical Microscopy


An optical microscope is the most common type of microscope.  It is used to view and inspect sample details that are too small to be viewed with the naked eye.  It is easy to use, and samples can be analyzed in air or water.  The images are in natural color with magnifications of up to 100 to 1000 times.  However, it does not have the same depth of focus and resolving power as the SEM



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Particle Impact Noise Detection (PIND) Testing



PIND testing is used to detect loose particles inside a device cavity.  This test provides a means of identifying devices that contain particles with sufficient mass that upon impact with the case, excite the transducer.  It is a non-destructive test.

Applicable Specifications & Standards:

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Sputtering System


SIX SIGMA utilizes a sputter-coater system to coat non-metallic samples with a thin layer of gold (other target materials include carbon, gold-palladium, platinum, and silver) to make them electrically conductive. This enables them to be viewed with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). This conductive coating inhibits charging, reduces thermal damage, and enhances secondary electron emission when the sample is examined under a SEM.


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