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Philips Semiconductors completes RoHS conversion program

Posted: 08 Nov 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:royal philips electronics  lead-free semiconductor  rohs compliant 

Royal Philips Electronics has announced that the conversion to RoHS compliant/lead-free semiconductor products has been completed well ahead of European legislation mandating the manufacture of lead-free electronic products by July 1, 2006.

In July 2001, Philips Semiconductors teamed up with STMicroelectronics and Infineon Technologies to develop a proposed standard for defining 'lead-free' and to develop standards related to lead free products through assessment of factors such as solderability, reliability of alternative materials and characterization of the Moisture Sensitivity Level. Lead free, as defined by the companies, is content less than 1,000 parts per million lead by weight.

Electronic equipment contains only small amounts of lead, however, the sheer quantity of devices worldwide means that any reduction in lead content is another healthy step toward a cleaner environment. By substituting lead-based materials in components and packages, Philips is helping make the world a 'greener' place.

Having completed the conversion ahead of time, Philips has been working to clear the supply chain of lead products to assure supply of only RoHS/lead-free products from their distribution centers. "We will continue to use the same part numbers, to enable a smooth transition for our customers. We have provided compatible devices, far ahead of time, for our customers to test and prepare for the legislation coming into effect. Philips is committed to delivering quality products that meet customer requirements and contribute to a cleaner, greener environment," said Frans Scheper, senior vice president Philips Semiconductors in a statement.

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