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iNEMI Releases Lead-Free Process Book

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Douglas Smock
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Where Does It Stand?
Douglas Smock   7/7/2011 8:24:03 AM
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Rob, Is the implemention of the lead-free standard for sodlering pretty well completed now? What are the trade-offs with the substitutes?

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Re: Where Does It Stand?
Rob Spiegel   7/7/2011 9:23:31 AM
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While the switch to lead-free solder has been completed across much of the electronics industry (some areas are exempt), the directives related to hazardous materials are an ongoing work in progress. The European Union has just published a revised version of RoHS. Look for an item on that in the next fews days. India has just announced its own RoHS regulations.

The good news is that after three or four years of using lead-free solder, there have not been major reliability problems. Look for an article on that subject in the next week.

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