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Minimising tin whiskers

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tin whiskers? electronics manufacturing?

The phrase "Tin whiskers" is not a creative, whimsical term for some aspect of electronics manufacturing. Tin whiskers are real. They are microscopic conductive fibers emanating from pure tin surfaces, and they pose a serious problem to electronics of all types. These whiskers can form electrical paths, which affect the operation of the subject device. This article discusses the problems caused by the removal of lead from electronics and describes some techniques to mitigate tin whiskers.

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Originally published by Maxim Integrated Products at as "Tin Whiskers Are Real and Complex".

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