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NI plans RoHS-compliant products

Posted: 22 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rohs-complian? interface chips? gpib?

National Instruments plans to release environmentally friendly products as part of the NI Hazardous Substances Reduction initiative. The NI initiative is a voluntary program modeled after the European Union Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, which restricts the use of harmful substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium in new equipment.

NI already has RoHS-compliant versions of its GPIB interface chips available and plans to release RoHS-compliant versions of other leading products starting in Q1 2006. With the new products, engineers and scientists can build systems that meet anticipated future environmental requirements.

The European Union RoHS directive restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market in the European Union after July 1, 2006. The RoHS directive applies to eight categories of electrical and electronic equipment but excludes products in Category 9, Monitoring and Control Instruments, under which NI products fall.

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