RoHS: One Year Later
The industry’s conversion from leaded (eutectic) to lead-free has been slow. The industry perception prior to July 2006 was a virtual overnight switch to lead-free. However, today many OEMs still have a “don’t care, wait and see attitude” since they’re either RoHS-exempt at this time or don’t sell into Europe.
Others are at the decision-making stage. They’re wondering how far they can stretch leaded products before yielding to extra lead-free dollar outlays. Most major chipmakers and component manufacturers have complied with RoHS, although in some cases proper labeling is still missing.