Chip assembly is cut out using scissors. Brute force prevails! I checked the side and I cut through some wires going into the card. Close up photo of the contacts used when the card is slid into the reader.
Working from the back of the credit card I removed a layer of printed plastic. I used a sharp knife and just peeled off the plastic film.
This is what the assembly looks like after removing the plastic film. I can see little wires running from the central rectangle to the other bits of the chip assembly. Looks like gold, probably is.
There is a big glob of soft plastic on top of the structure. Using my knife I peeled this off. The wires were imbedded in this plastic and they broke off as I peeled and chipped. I think this plastic held everything together. It's almost like hot glue.
I am taking these enlargements using a low powered microscope. I have a little camera that can be inserted into one of the objectives. Not good for high magnifications but for 30 x it's good enough.
Stiff plastic glob has been removed and exposed a shiny iridescent chip. The little wires were torn off but the attachment are still visible in the photograph.
Here the chip is looking bright yellow.
Photo taken at a slightly different angle shows up as magenta. Another angle of the chip shows as turquoise.
Close up photo of the actual chip. It's about 2.7 mm in the long side. The circuits can be seen etched in the silicon. The plastic covering is still visible lower right. On bottom left there are 4 attachment points for the little wires that got pulled off. It is very thin and brittle. Maybe a quarter mm thick.
The chip was attached to the backing with a white plastic adhesive. I used my knife and carefully pried the chip off. It chipped a little. It is very brittle and fragile. The photograph shows the back with some of the glue scraped off to expose the black silicon crystal. It broke in 4 pieces here are 2. The larger black one with the white glue scraped off is only about 1 mm across. I'm using a microscope to take this apart but I'm pretty clumsy! Focus is tricky with this primitive set up. Fun though.
Contact smart cards have a gold plated contact pad area of approximately 1 square centimetre. These pads provide electrical connectivity when inserted into a reader. This allows communication between card and computer or point of sale device. Power for card is supplied by the card reader.
Contactless smart card, in which the card communicates with and is powered by the reader through RF (Radio Frequency) induction. These cards need to be near an antenna to communicate.
The card I dissected was a Hybrid and could be used as a contact or tap card or contactless card.
The chip is capable of storing information which is used when the credit card is used.
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