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Old 29th July 2007, 02:15 AM   #1
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Default ROHS compliance ... application problems

have you guys seen this write up about ROHS problems

http://www.cinemag.biz/rohs/RoHS-AN-105.pdf

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http://www.cinemag.biz/rohs.html
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Old 29th July 2007, 04:02 AM   #2
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This is fairly old news to people in the biz, and whisker growth has been a problem in some power op-amps long before rohs. It's also one of the things that kills old NiCd batteries. Fortunately, modern processor based electronic products go obsolete about 48 minutes after purchase, so it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 29th July 2007, 04:23 AM   #3
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".............electronic products go obsolete about 48 minutes after purchase..............."

That's a great one !

Anyway , you just reminded me of the Nicad problems . You can clearly see the power cells in my brain are also shorting out !
Memory seems to be fading fast !
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Old 29th July 2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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And already ages ago organ pipes fell apart due to “tin-rot”

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Old 30th July 2007, 01:09 PM   #5
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Tin whiskers are a problem with PURE TIN.

Plated, dipped, whatever. Pure tin grows whiskers.


I have not seen any reports anywhere on whiskers on a tin/silver alloy of any mix. Either in industry, or in my work.

Tin pest is the degradation of pure tin as a result of cold.

Again, there have not been any reports of tin pest occuring on any tin solder alloys. I have not seen a tin alloy do this. Again, either in industry, or in work.

I have used tin/silver for 14 years, have purchased and consumed several thousand pounds, and the vast bulk of those tons of lead free solder is either at 77 Kelvin, or 4.5 Kelvin. Rather cold.

And no whiskers, no pest. Tens of thousands of solder joints, and only one failure. (human error).

Cheers, John

ps..but whadda I know...
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Hi jneutron,

That’s a relief. Was afraid not to leave ROHS’s compliant electronic equipment outdoors in wintertime

But I have the same experience as you with lead-free production during the last year. In contrary to that, tin-lead joints degrade when exposed to mechanical stress and can become loose. E.g. wrong mounted power semiconductors exposed to thermal cycling. Lead-free solder is much more resistant to mechanical stress.

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