Analog Devices: more than 5,000 lead-free products
More than 5,000 of the most commonly used integrated circuits from Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) are available in Pb-Free packages; ADI plans to increase the number to more than 9,000 by year-end 2005. For more information and an up-to-date product listing, visit www.analog.com/PbFree.
In 1999, ADI says, it was among the earliest adopters of Pb-Free packaging and began a multi-step program to reduce and eliminate lead in its semiconductor packages. On Jan. 27, 2003, the European Union passed the “Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment,” or “RoHS” directive 2002/95/EC, which becomes applicable July 1, 2006.
ADI Pb-Free products have letter “Z” in the product name. A “Pb” in a circle with a line through it appears on the shipping labels with the words “RoHS compliant.” ADI also says it will continue to supply Pb-Free and Tin/Lead (Sn/Pb) products as customers require.
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—Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering , MHoske@cfemedia.com