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Tiny Soldering Techniques

I have a Logitech C500 webcam that I would like to pull the imaging sensor out of, but keep it wired to the original board (on longer cables). The chip itself is about 9mm square, and has around a dozen output pins on each side of it (4 sides).

Is it even possible to do this do you think? Without super special equipment (I have an ok soldering iron).

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I pulled a C3038 CMOS cam chip out of an old webcam myself. This was before I could buy the whole cam module itself so I was a little desperate...


Bottom of the page. I used my old Weller iron, nothing special. It's not easy nor elegant but it can be done.

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...and search SMD soldering techniques. As Max was (and always is) quick to point out that the Chip is SMD component, these tutorials on You Tube (like this one and others) will give you an idea of how to solder SMD components. SMD requires the components having right size and lots and lots of practice and patience (believe me, I got a variable temperature soldering iron with the hope of getting to SMD soldering real quick. I'm still to start out with it).

Sure it's possible, it just might not be a task that your skill set has gotten to yet. What you're describing sounds like a surface mount device (SMD) chip. I've successfully soldered SMD with a $3 soldering iron-but let's just say the experience put the S&M in SMD. At the very least you'll need a super-fine solder tip and desoldering wick or a sucker of some kind AND LOTS OF PATIENCE. My understanding is that pros use hot-air rework stations for this kind of work. I know Patrick made a "reflowster" out of an old toaster oven to get his looking good, but that's less for removing components than it is for installing. Take your time (lots and lots of it) and good luck.