Here is a white paper that looks at how RoHS will affect power devices in coming years. The drive toward greater functionality in an ever more miniaturized footprint has accelerated materials innovations so that these essential components of countless consumer and automotive products can continue to provide the reliability and performance. The 2014 deadline for RoHS compliance is looming and adding more complexity to the materials equation. Though the possibility still remains that exemptions, exceptions and/or extensions may apply to the power device sector, it is critical that packaging specialists have a compliance plan in place.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.