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SMTnet Express August 22, 2013, Subscribers: 26219, Members: Companies: 13462, Users: 35081

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Whisker Growth In Tin Alloys On Glass-Epoxy Laminate Studied By Scanning ION Microscopy and Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy

by A. Czerwinski, A. Skwarek, M. Pluska, J. Ratajczak, K. Witek; The Institute of Electron Technology (ITE)

Tin-rich solders are widely applied in the electronic industry in the majority of modern printed circuit boards (PCBs). Because the use of lead-tin solders has been banned in the European Union since 2006, the problem of the bridging of adjacent conductors due to tin whisker growth (limited before by the addition of Pb) has been reborn.

In this study tin alloys soldered on glass-epoxy laminate (typically used for PCBs) are considered. Scanning ion microscopy with Focused Ion Beam (FIB) system and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) were used to determine correlations between spatial non-uniformities of the glass-epoxy laminate, the distribution of intermetallic compounds and whisker growth.

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MTS500 Condor Flying Probe Tester
MTS500 Condor Flying Probe Tester

Fixtureless design, maximum flexibility...

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S-930N Selective Flux Jetting Dispenser
S-930N Series Selective Flux Jetting Dispensers

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SMT Nozzles
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August 27-29 | by: IPC

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September 10 | by: ZESTRON

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SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association is a non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totalling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies. Membership Info | SMTA Certification | Bookstore

Next Event: Webinar: Conformal Coating In The Factory - August 29


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Next Event: IPC APEX India - August 27 - 29

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