Decapping the R820T and RTL2832U Chips
Over on YouTube the electronupdate channel has posted a video showing the decapping of the R820T and RTL2832U chips. Decapping is the process of removing the plastic packaging on integrated circuit chips, thus exposing the internal circuits printed on the silicon die for viewing. In the video he shows microscope images of each of the decapped chips and explains a bit about what each part of the chip does.
Over on his blog he’s also posted the full decapped images of the R820T and RTL2832U for viewing.
SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO TEARDOWN: R820/RTL2832U DECAP