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First North American RoHS Catalog Hits The Stands
Taking position as the first available in North America, the company's 580-page catalog is devoted strictly to electronic products that are compliant with RoHS legislation. The catalog provides information on 40,000 in-stock products, which are divided into six sections: semiconductors, passive components, interconnect/wire and cable, electro-mechanical, power, circuit protection, optical electronics, and soldering. Additionally, hundreds of mainstream manufacturers are represented including Texas Instruments, On Semiconductor, Maxim/Dallas, International Rectifier, National Instruments, Intersil, AMD, Fairchild, Freescale, Avago, Kester, Littelfuse, Honeywell, Tyco, Molex, and Amphenol. The catalog is available at no charge and requests will be honored while supplies last.
NEWARK INONE, Chicago, IL. (800) 463-9275.

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Asian Manufacturers Expected To Meet RoHS Deadline
A RoHS Compliance Readiness Survey shows that 93% of electronic manufacturers across Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea expect to comply with the European Union's (EU) RoHS directive by July 2006 of this year. The report was compiled by Global Resources through questionnaires completed by 359 manufacturers that currently export or plan to export electronic devices and components to the European marketplace. The report publisher states that 51% of surveyed companies claim they are already RoHScompliant and 42% percent expect to be by mid-year. Other survey results predict that 35% of these companies expect their prices to increase by less than 5%, 23% expect prices to increase between 5% and 10%, and 6% of the manufacturers expect their prices to increase by more than 10%. A free copy of the report can be downloaded at the company's web site, which is cited above. For further information, call GLOBAL SOURCES, Phoenix, AZ. (480) 951-4400.

Web Site Promotes A Greener Environment
The company's Green Leader web site, cited above, contains information on its environmentally friendly specialty materials and related subjects. Users can find data on green product lines that include high-frequency laminates, flexible circuit materials, BISCO silicones, PORON urethanes, and DUREL EL lamps and drivers. Other web-site features include letters of compliance, flowchart examples to determine if equipment is within the scope of directives, links to technical articles, FAQs, links to related web sites, and the latest information on RoHS/WEEE. ROGERS CORP., Rogers, CT. (860) 779-4045.

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High-Rel PowerPCs Achieve RoHS Compliance
Several of the company's high-reliability microprocessors based on PowerPC cores are now available in RoHS-compliant versions. These include low-temperature, co-fired ceramic devices, also called Hi-TCE ceramic, across the entire PowerPC line. As part of the Hi-TCE package developments, RoHS-compliant versions are available for the PowerPC 603R, 745, 755, and 7457 32-bit RISC microprocessors, in either LGAform or Pb-free CBGA with commercial to military temperature ranges. These four products are now available in small volume quantities. Qualification and production ramp-up is scheduled for the third quarter.
ATMEL CORP., San Jose, CA. (408) 441-0311.

Software Solves Pb-Free Concerns
In its latest version, Flo/PCB thermal simulation software promises to help solve thermal problems in solder reflow processing associated with the use of lead-free solders. The application simulates the reflow process and predicts the temperatures at any point on the board during the entire process. This allows users to optimize oven settings and thermocouple attachment points prior to a physical profiling run. It also allows board designers to investigate the effects of component layout on the solderability of the PCB assembly. The software makes it possible to design PCBs for lead-free manufacturing by predicting thermal gradients during reflow processing. Designers can evaluate thermal gradients generated by different component layouts at an early stage when changes can be made inexpensively.
FLOMERICS INC., Marlborough, MA. (508) 357-2012.


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