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Lead-Free & RoHS on SemiconductorStore.com
The winds of change are blowing and they're about to affect our industry in a big way. You can deny it, you can curse it, you can even stick your head in the ground and pretend it's not happening. . .but it is. By July 1st, 2006 the world of electronics and electronics manufacturing is going to look, feel and perhaps even smell different. As a design engineer, you owe it to yourself to stay on top of the "Lead-Free" Revolution.

It's a fast-moving world and you can't afford to fall behind
Over the next year and beyond, SemiconductorStore.com will make itself YOUR information resource for the "Lead-Free" Revolution. We'll bring you all of the latest in "Lead-Free", RoHS and WEEE news, information and announcements to help keep you in touch with the issues affecting your industry.

Know Thy Enemy
Get to know more about the chemicals and substances that are being put under restriction by the "Lead-Free" movement by choosing one of the above "Wanted" posters.

Lead | Cadium | Mercury | Hexavalent Chromium | Polybrominated Biphenyls | Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers

What Products are Being Affected by the"Lead-Free" Requirements?
Everything sold, built or entering the European market on or after July 1, 2006 falls under the restrictions of either the RoHS or WEEE directives, with a few exceptions.
Find out if YOUR products fall under the scope of RoHS & WEEE .

"Lead-Free" FAQs. . .and Answers!
Got questions about the "Lead-Free" Revolution? Of course you do. We were going to call this section FALFQs, but with all of the terms flying around the "Lead-Free" Revolution, we figured it was best to stick with the standard "FAQs.

It Doesn't Stop at RoHS & WEEE
The European Union has thrown the gauntlet down with their RoHS & WEEE directives, but the rest of the world is setting their own, if not similar, standards. Sony even has an official policy on the topic. You think you know RoHS, but that's only half the story. Environmentally-Friendly regulations from around the World

Terminology Disclaimer!
There are lots of players, terms, acronyms and angles from which to look at this topic and you'll find them all covered here at SemiconductorStore.com. However, for the purposes of uniformity and brevity, anytime you see the term "Lead-Free" we're referring to all of them. I apologize to all you fans of Lead out there and I know that it's wrong to put all this heat on one substance, but Lead is everywhere and besides, it's often helpful to put a face on the enemy.



  You can't expect to get in the game if you don't study your playbook.
Click on any of the topics below to find out the rest of the story.
  Everyone. The public is demanding it, Governments are setting regulations and manufacturers are complying. If you think it won't affect you, I'm afraid you're wrong.
  An industry-wide Revolution. Six Hazardous substances and other electronics waste are the targets of new environmental restrictions across the globe. Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, PBBs and PBDEs, you've been put on notice.
  Planet Earth. The restrictions and regulations are originating in Europe, but Asia and the U.S. are already responding to the call. Everyone has a different take on the subject and different strategies for dealing with the issues at hand but everyone's being affected.
  Like any huge effort, going "Lead-Free" will be an ongoing and fluid process, but it's all happening as we speak. Europe has already set a deadline of July 1st, 2006 and just about every country is on board in some fashion. Mark your calendars, people. It's coming.
  No one wants to be directly responsible for destroying the planet. . .Unless you're an evil genius and that's your plan. . .You're not an evil genius are you?