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Electronics Production | October 04, 2006

Electrical Influence on Tin Whisker Growth

The electronics industry is in the process of eliminating lead from electrical and electronic products - driven by legislative requirements and market forces.1 A significant portion of electronic-part manufacturers have adopted pure-tin and tin-rich alloys as lead-free options due to their low cost and compatibility with existing solders.

However, the adoption of high-tin-content finishes has created a reliability issue pertaining to the formation of conductive tin whiskers, which can bridge adjacent conductors and result in current leakage or electrical shorts. Click here to read the full story.
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