Tisdale, Intel Corporation
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Several major OEMs are evaluating a conversion to HFR (halogenated flame retardant)-free PCB materials. While mobile phone manufacturers are well along in this effort, the next area of impact will likely be driven by high-volume consumer computer applications.
An industry-wide conversion to HFR-free materials faces numerous challenges:
iNEMI is working with several of our major OEM members to assess the feasibility of a broad conversion to HFR-Free PCB materials. While IPC and JEDEC are developing halogen-free standard specifications and numerous companies have compliant materials, significant questions remain regarding overall readiness to make a transition to these materials. For example:
- Reliability of materials with alternative flame retardants has not been fully qualified.
- Complete "technology envelopes" or technical specifications have not been established for various product applications.
- Incomplete design knowledge in segments of the supply chain increases risk of conversion issues.
- A rapid complete conversion of computer products will have a major impact on the supply chain and needs to be coordinated.
- What electrical properties are needed to meet high-speed signaling requirements?
- With many HFR-free materials showing higher stiffness, what mechanical properties are needed to ensure system reliability isn't degraded?
- Can design modifications reduce sensitivity to electrical and material properties?
Statement of Work
- Statement of Work: iNEMI HFR-Free Technology Leadership Program (Version 5.0; May 15, 2009)
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