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California Micro Devices pushes lead-free products

Posted: 11 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:california micro device? electrostatic discharge protection array? esd protection arrays? picoguard? cm1210?

To support the increasing global push for lead-free semiconductors, California Micro Devices Corp. is offering lead-free packaging options for its products starting with its electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection arrays. The company introduced lead-free ESD products in Q4 last year and offered samples of its PC and consumer devices in lead-free packaging last quarter.

The lead-free versions of its ESD protection arrays include the 1pF PicoGuard CM1210 and CM1213 lines. The company is also offering lead-free options of the PACDN006 that is used on notebook VGA ports and in some Centrino reference designs. Calmicro is now sampling the PACSZ1284 line of integrated EMI filters with ESD protection and termination for the IEEE1284 parallel port.

This lead-free initiative is in support of the WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Directive 2002/96/EC intended by the European Union to "help protect the environment, maintain high levels of economic growth, contribute to social progress and consider the use of natural resources," and will regulate the use of lead and other hazardous substances starting July 1, 2006.

The complementary Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (ROHS) Directive issued in the UK will be fully implemented by August this year. Japan is also supporting the lead-free initiative. The country's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) recommended the elimination of lead usage in electronics. Japanese companies are following this directive by voluntarily introducing lead-free products.

The move by the European Union and Japan to push for lead-free electronics products is expected to significantly affect the global marketplace, which may require lead-free assemblies on a wider range of products.

"California Micro Devices recognizes the increasing demand for environmentally-friendly products, and is taking an active role in helping our customers make the transition to lead-free solutions," said Joe Salvador, director of marketing for computing and consumer products.

Calmicro is also sampling other products including the SmartOR family of power regulators for NIC and WLAN cards, power products for notebook PCs and consumer applications, and the PACDN04x line of integrated zener diodes.

- Dave Ledesma

Electronic Engineering Times - Asia

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