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Old 02-09-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
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Don't blame *just* the manufacturers

Many folks are not aware that one of the unintended consequences of the EU's Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been a negative impact on the reliability of electronics.

While you can laud the EU for attempting to remove toxic substances from manufacturing processes, the simple fact is that a small bit of Plumbum/lead in solder (3-4%) helps to prevent cold flow, age cracks and "tin whiskers." The absence of lead is causing consumer electronics to fail prematurely.

Today, world-wide, you would have to use military-grade components to avoid RoHS-compliant electronic parts. These can be obtained at a typical 100 to 1000 times the cost of consumer-grade electronics.

So,while trying to keep Cadmium, lead, mercury and other toxins out of the environment, everything else is going to end up in landfills a LOT sooner than it used to. Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes, can't it?
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