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For the last Twenty Five years I have had some type of electronic workshop from a simple antex soldering
iron while growing up to my current.I in 2006 wanted to build my own FPGA hardware from scratch.
I planned to use a bga Spartan 3 with 676  solder balls.With  a power supply using the TPS75003.
I had never designed for a bga or for was pcb board that had more than two layers.I was also using a free
version of eagle pcb.

I started by getting the tools from China almost all my tools are cheap copies of branded name tools. I only
later found how difficult it is to route  a bga chip I was a lot better off doing the design and getting it made
and populated the route I took was a dead end.I once again needed guidance from

Intel engineers who new the pitfalls in BGA pcb. 


                                                          Infra  red BGA Rework Tools

The price of the  PDR was $3000 I paid $700 for my Aoyue 710 note that the cheap version from china there
is no filter of the light so dark glasses are needed. But $2300 cheaper. 
Aoyue 710 
Below Is the PQR IR-X110


                                                        ERRA and BGA-100  Inpection Tools

The ERSA is a great tool used by Intel for R&D fpga placement it cost 50000Euro so youcan see the
balls  so you get theheight of the chip as part of the profile

I invested in a bga-100 inspection scope to inpect the smt soldering  I got in a Ebay for $600
http://www.smttools.com/bga100.html   as can be seen below I can inspect also QFP and diffrent
soldering quality








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