Engineers of ACE Lab have developed a unique universal solution for solving problems with mobile devices:
- unify the whole range of hardware methods to access data both on healthy devices and on damaged / locked devices;
- analyze and recover data from various file systems within its own efficient platform;
- possess broad analytical functionality;
- recover data from the widest range of smartphones and other mobile devices for digital forensics and other purposes.
PC-3000 MOBILE hardware platform is based on three main methods of getting access to data from mobile devices:
- Ability to operate via the standard interface of a mobile device belonging to any mobile platform. The controller of PС-3000 MOBILE has 3 built-in USB 3.0 ports featuring independent power control and error control. At the moment Android OS devices are supported by PC-3000 MOBILE through a special driver (x86, x64) created by ACE Lab. If a smartphone in not physically damaged, a common cable connection through standard phone interface allows to get access to user data on a smartphone. Right now ACE Lab developers are conducting research on supporting Windows 10, Windows Mobile and Apple iOS – based devices.
- For partially damaged devices: ability to operate via the factory contacts of a mobile device’s PCB using the JTAG/eMMC/FBUS/UART protocols as individual or combined access methods.
- Widely functional chip-off method for physically damaged mobile devices, when it is impossible to get access to data content through the standard interface or JTAG. This method includes the following features:
- Direct reading mode for eMMC/eMCP chips implemented through 2 internal independent SD/MMC COMBO ports supporting the SD 3.0/MMC4.41 protocols (up to 150 Mb/s). A specialized kernel and proprietary design of the SD/MMC interface allow to reach high data transfer rates for “healthy” chips and ensure reading in a factory mode for damaged ones;
- Ability to operate via the NAND interface using the factory contacts of eMMC/eMCP chips, if the chips are unable to function through the standard interface or respond too slowly;
- Wide support of the eMMC 153/169, eMCP 162/186, eMCP 221, and eMCP 529 chips manufactured in 9х11, 10х11, 11.5х13, 12х16, 12х18 or 14х18 packages. To support such a broad range of form factors, PC-3000 MOBILE kit includes 2 universal adapters with a set of inserts.
PC-3000 MOBILE is based on the results of R&D work carried out at ACE Lab for many years and already proven as highly efficient for data recovery from damaged solid-state drives. These technologies include the ReadRetry reading modes, software and hardware retry procedures, voltage selection methods, and factory modes for accessing the data.
Besides, PC-3000 MOBILE has the extension ports for device-specific functionality and connection of add-on modules where voltage for all ports is supplied through an internal controllable power supply unit.
When developing PC-3000 MOBILE, ACE Lab pays serious attention to the software part of the new system. After saving data dump content, it is possible to do:
- Deep analysis of file systems that supports a large list of file system types (FAT12/16/32, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, HFS+, exFAT, etc.) and ensures good results even in case of logical damage. In addition, PC-3000 MOBILE features its own methods of logical access to data at different stages of work (e.g., ADB Volumes) with the possibility to save results in forensic formats (AFF, E01, S01, RAW)
- Parsing of standard content. User data can be extracted for presentation in the format which is familiar to any smartphone user and displayed in special viewing modes. PC-3000 MOBILE has a lot of modules for different content types (contacts, text messages, WhatsApp, Web, Wi-Fi, etc.) as well as a set of analytic features and forensic tools.
- Result export and output. PC-3000 MOBILE allows to export the extracted data as formatted reports, transport formats or directly to a file.
PC-3000 MOBILE supports Windows XP – Windows 10 (x86/x64) operating systems and allows both loading external dumps and exporting its own.