London, UK Zilog has developed lead-free versions of its microcontrollers in response to requests from its customers in the European Community for products that adhere to Wastes from Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives.
These new regulations, which effectively require manufacturers to take responsibility for recycling end-of-life products, state that the use of lead and other hazardous substances must be regulated by July 1, 2006.
Mike Burger, president of Zilog, said, “Currently, it is primarily our customers in Europe and Japan that are advocating for lead-free products, but these European directives are bound to impact the global marketplace and we want to be ready for that.”
Zilog is using 100 percent pure matte tin (Tn) plating on its lead free products. The devices are rated for peak temperatures of up to 255°C (compared to 240°C for standard products) and use mold compounds that are Br/Sb/PBB/PBDE-free. These packages meet the requirements of the joint IPC/JEDEC standard J-STD-020.
The parts will be identified with a unique PSI part number that includes a 'G' (for Green), to indicate environmentally friendly packages. The devices are available on standard lead times.