Decap methods which have been used for copper wire packages are not effective for silver wire packages, and the authors recognized the need for the development of a novel method. This paper discusses the development of various processes to decap silver wire packages with acid. The first decap method developed for a silver wire package was to add hydrochloric acid to fuming nitric acid. This method proved insufficient to prevent silver wire from dissolving when solution temperature is 60 degree. The authors then developed the Saturation Etch method for decapsulating silver wire packages using a chemical solution. When dissolution amount of silver wire put in normal fuming HNO3 is defined as 100%, the authors were able to achieve its reduction to less than 3% by using saturated acid. This method is also effective for copper wire packages, and damages to wires can be minimized by dissolving copper into acid.

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