Counterfeit Screening

To ensure that all products we sell are 100% authentic, we have set up a counterfeit detection and preventive process, as well as a zero-tolerance policy. All products must pass our rigorous inspection process before being accepted and prepared for shipment. Forte Technologies visually inspects all incoming materials for authenticity verification. Our visual inspection review includes:

Inspection L1: Visual Inspection

  • — Verify manufacturer P/N, packaging, quantity and date code match PO
  • — Verify if RoHS status is valid
  • — Physical body marking inspection (looking for faded marking, mistyping, broken text, ink marking, etc.)
  • — Physical conditions inspection (bent leads, scratches, chipped edges, etc.)
  • — Taping condition inspection (dented reels, missing parts, etc.)
  • — Verify moisture barrier protection verification (vacuum sealed, humidity indicator with specification)
  • — Any visual irregularities

Inspection L2: Engineering Review

Materials identified as questionable during the visual inspection process are reevaluated by OEM engineers. Product sampling plans are also employed to ensure product consistency. Engineering review includes:

  • — Review of Inspection L1 findings
  • — Counterfeit databases referenced and updated
  • — Label verification (bar code and label review)
  • — Manufacturer logo and date code verification
  • — ERAI counterfeit part data base review

Inspection L3: Testing

Testing is done to ensure that any questionable materials meet manufacturers' specifications. This work is performed by our contracted 3rd party laboratory with the following capabilities:

Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMI)

JEOL 6340F semi in-lens field emission
Hitachi S4500 semi in-lens field emission

Surface Analysis

Noran Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)

Focused Ion Beam System (FIB)

FEI 200xp systems (3)

Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (LEM)

Sonix UHR2000

Light emission microscopy (LEM)

Alpha Innotech 2000 w/ Enclosed Probe Station System

Micro Probe Station

Alessi high precision 8" stations

Optical Microscopy

Olympus (3000X) microscopy systems (3)
Leica (130X) stereo microscopy inspection systems (2)
Panasonic macro camera system

Package Decapsulation

Nisene D cap system
B&G 250 system

IC Depassivation System

March Instruments CS1701 RIE Plasma

X-ray Imaging

Phoenix- pcba/inspector real time x-ray system

Wire, Solder Ball, & Die Strength Test

Royce Instruments 552 Universal Bond Tester

Selected Area Polisher

Ultra Tec ASAP-1


(6) Buehler variable speed wheels
(1) Allied high tech planar polishing system

Electrical Bench Equipment

Numerous assorted test equipment

Decapsulation Test

Some of our customers require decapsulation, X-Ray or solderability tests, each of which are described below.

Decapsulation is a technique for exposing the internal components of a package device. There was a time when a hot plate and concentrated nitric acid were capable of decapping integrated devices (IC’s). However, advancements in device packaging introduced new plastic encapsulants and the array of solder bumped external leads package designs.

Our jet etching systems are capable of exposing any package die without melting solder bumps, etching bond pads, or destroying external leads. The system sprays high temperature nitric and/or sulfuric acid through a fine diameter nozzle head. By computer control of the temperature, pressure, and time of the etching process a uniform etch cavity is created which exposes the IC.

Of course not all devices need the selectivity of our automatic decapsulator. For these devices we x-ray the device to measure the internal die, cut the proper die cavity in the package, and finally eye drop concentrated nitric acid in the cavity to remove the plastic from the IC.

Once decapped, analyses such as inspection, microprobe, FIB rework, delivering, or even retesting can be accomplished. The device will remain functional.

Fischerscope® X-RAY

Why Forte uses the X-RAY XDAL?

Due to the broad range of detectable elements from Aluminum to Uranium, the array of applications for the X-RAY XDAL stretches from industry to science. Whether the analysis applications are of metallurgic, geologic, petrochemical or other nature, the X-RAY XDAL is a powerful and cost effective spectrometer for the task.

Benefits of Forte and Fischerscope

The instrument delivers a combination of performance and features not found in other analysis equipment in this price category.

More about the device

The Fischerscope X-Ray XDAL is an energy dispersive high-performance X-Ray fluorescence spectrometer and provides simple, fast and accurate analysis of unknown materials. Element detection from Aluminum to Uranium is possible even at very low concentrations. The exceptionally powerful capabilities of this unique instrument is achieved by the use of a semiconductor detector with Peltier cooling for high spectral energy resolution and the WinFTM Version 6 Software for materials and multi-dimensional coating analysis. In combination with the application kit Gold Assay, these instrument series are also part of the FISCHERSCOPE GOLDLINE ASSAY, ideally suited for the fast, non-destructive and accurate gold content measurement in precious metals.