Nintendo 3DS: Soldered EMI shields
Unfortunately, most of the interesting chips on the Nintendo 3DS' main PCB are covered by EMI shields, which are soldered to the PCB. As I want to put this machine back together in working order, I'm not going to remove the shields and risk damaging the PCB or chips.
For a look at the chips under these shields, I've included a photo from friends over at iFixit. They disassembled a Japaneese version of the 3DS a few weeks back and did remove the shields.
Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler
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