Archive for the ‘Hacking’ Category

Name that Ware November 2015

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

This month’s ware is shown below:

And below are views of the TO-220 devices which are folded over in the top-down photo:

We continue this month with the campaign to get Nava Whiteford permission to buy a SEM. Thanks again to Nava for providing another interesting ware!

Winner, Name that Ware October 2015

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

The ware for October 2015 was a Lecroy LT342L. Nava notes that it was actually manufactured by Iwatsu, but the ASICs on the inside all say LeCroy. Congrats to Carl Smith for nailing it, email me for your prize and happy Thanksgiving!

Name that Ware October 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The Ware for October 2015 is shown below.

…and one of the things that plugs into the slots visible in the photo above as an extra hint…

Thanks again to Nava Whiteford for sharing this ware. Visit his blog and help him get permission from his wife to buy a SEM!

Winner, Name that Ware September 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The Ware for September 2015 is a Powerex CM600HA-24H, which met its demise serving as a driver for a tesla coil in the Orage sculpture (good guess 0xbadf00d!). I have a thing for big transistors, and I was very pleased to be gifted this even though it was busted. At $300 a piece, it’s not something I just get up and buy because I want to wear it around as a piece of jewelry; but it did make for a great, if not heavy, necklace. And it was interesting to take apart to see what was inside!

As for the winner, Jimmyjo was the first to guess exactly the model of the IGBT. Congrats, email me for your prize!

Name that Ware, September 2015

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

The Ware for September 2015 is shown below.

This is a little something I was gifted at Burning Man this year. I wore it around my neck for a week and then brought it back to my lab in Singapore and tore it apart. Obviously, it suffered some kind of severe trauma. I’m particularly enamored with the way the silicon melted — instead of revealing crystalline facets at the former wirebond pads, a smooth, remodeled and rather amorphous surface is revealed with rivulets of silicon radiating from the craters. Now that’s hot!