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Active-Semi is committed to environment, health and safety excellence. We aim to satisfy or exceed our customers and governmental regulatory requirements with respect to the use of hazardous substances by producing products complying to two directives: Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

The RoHS Directive mandates that by January 2007 European states will ensure that all electrical and electronic products put on the market contain no heavy metals such as Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI)), and two types of brominated flame retardants such as Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) or Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE). These substances are known to likely pose health and environmental risks.

Active-Semi’s Lead-Free and RoHS Compliance Statement

Active-Semi’s integrated circuit (IC) products are Lead-Free and RoHS compliant and meet the regulatory thresholds for cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

Definition of Lead-Free Products

Active-Semi lead (Pb)-free products have no intentional additions of lead bearing materials. Lead (Pb) may be present as a low level constituent of other metals in the package construction. But the lead content in a lead-free package is less than 0.01 wt.% of the total device weight, and hence RoHS compliant according to the below table.

Hazardous Materials RoHS Threshold (ppm) RoHS Threshold (% of wt.)
Pb (Lead) 1000 ppm 0.1%
Hg (Mercury) 1000 ppm 0.1%
Cd (Cadmium) 100 ppm 0.01%
Chromium IV (Cr+6) 1000 ppm 0.1%
Polybrominated Biphenols (PBB) 1000 ppm 0.1%
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) 1000 ppm 0.1%

Lead-Free Product Ordering

All of Active-Semi products are lead (Pb) – free. Please contact our local sale offices for more information.

Halogen-Free Product Ordering

Currently, most of Active-Semi products are Halogen-Free. Please contact our local sale offices for more information.

Reliability of Lead-Free Plating Product

Active-Semi products use 100% Tin (Sn) for their lead plating material. Tin (Sn) has been proven as the industry standard lead finish material, giving acceptable solderability and solder joint performance.

The following table summarizes typical reliability test results for Lead Free Plating Qualification at Active-Semi:

TEST METHOD OBSERVATION RESULT
Solderability Test 8 and 16 hours bake at 150°C. Dip in SnAgCu solder pot at 245°C (3 seconds), 260°C (10 seconds), and 280°C (10 seconds) No pin holes or dewetting PASS
Plating Thickness Measurements Under high power microscope inspection Thickness cpk are under control and acceptable PASS
Heat Resistance Test Bake at 170°C for 2 hours No discoloration and detachment of plating PASS
Lead Fatigue Test Bend leads to 90° No detachment of plating PASS
Adhesion To Lead Finish Test Apply sticky clear tape on plating surface No detachment of plating PASS
Temperature Cycle Test -65°C to 150°C, 1000 cycles No whisker growth PASS
Autoclave Test 121°C, 100% RH, 96 hours No whisker growth PASS
Temperature Humidity Storage Test 85°C, 85% RH, 1000 hours No whisker growth PASS
Elevated Temperature Storage Test 55°C, 65% RH, 2 months No whisker growth PASS
Room Temperature Storage Test 25°C, 65% RH, 12 months No whisker growth PASS

Green Semiconductor Packaging

Active-Semi’s packaging partners have adopted the policy of Green Semi-conductor Packaging where our products, production processes, packing and shipping materials are meeting the following requirements:

  • Able to withstand board-mount reflow process as per JEDEC J-STD-020 REV D at 260oC Peak Temperature.
  • Compliance with European Union Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS) requirements on the restricted hazardous materials.
  • Post tin plating annealing process is done after lead-free plating to suppress potential reliability risk due to whisker growth problem.
  • Product samples measured by SGS have confirmed that our product is meeting the Green / RoHS requirements.
  • Most of Active-Semi products are already Halogen-Free.
  • Lead Free Information
  • Lead (Pb) free RoHS compliance
  • The following table details the EC lead-free RoHS requirements and their relation to Active-Semi’s packaging materials.

Substances RoHS Max Limit (ppm) Active-Semi Packaging Materials
Lead (Pb) 1000 See Note **
Cadmium (Cd) 100 Not detected
Mercury (Hg) 1000 Not detected
Chromium VI (Cr+6) 1000 Not detected
PBBs (Polybrominated biphenyls) 1000 Not detected
PBDEs (Polybrominated biphenyl ethers) 1000 Not detected

***Note:For the SOP package the lead content is less than 40ppm. The SOT23 package contains no lead. The TO-92 package has a lead content of less than 10ppm