Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. of Austin, Texas, has been selected by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to receive $500,000 for the development of methods to mitigate tin whisker growth in electronic devices. Applied Nanotech will partner with the University of Maryland’s Center for Advance Life Cycle Engineering on the project.
Applied Nanotech released a statement indicating it will focus on optimizing its patented (pending) process for the mitigation of tin whiskers. The firm currently uses a process to remediate tin whiskers while simultaneously preventing new whiskers from growing.
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