BittWare designs new commercial products to be fully compliant with Directive 2002/95/EC ROHS.
BittWare and our supplier partners have considerable Pb-free manufacturing experience (RoHS 6 of 6 compliant assembly) using fully and formally qualified materials and manufacturing processes.
Several existing commercial BittWare products have converted over to full RoHS Pb-free 6 of 6 assembly as well.
Products designed as dual use for both the commercial and Defense/Aerospace industries are available in either Pb-Free 6 of 6 compliant, 5 of 6 compliant using SnPb alloys, or non-compliant SnPb formats depending on customer needs, and availability of SnPb area arrays. Re-balling options are also available as well as mixed assembly under very carefully controlled conditions.
Below is the list of standard product options related to Directive 2002/95/EC ROHS. As stated above, all product options may not be available for all products. Please contact BittWare sales for more details and availability.
Option 1: Configuration designation “6”. Will be Pb-Free.
This means full compliance to Directive 2002/95/EC ROHS 6 of 6 Pb-free. This will be the standard for most of our new products designed for commercial markets which include the EU.
Option 2: Configuration designation “5”. Will be 5 of 6.
This should be utilized for those customers who require RoHS compliance but have an exemption for Pb (Lead). It means the assembly will not contain 5 RoHS substances but does contain Lead (Pb). Directive 2002/95/EC ROHS 5 of 6.
Option 3: Configuration designation “P”. Will be SnPb.
This means that the assembly will be built using SnPb solder pastes and solder alloys, typically in a 63/37 ratio. This will be the default for many of our products. These boards may or may not contain Pb-free area arrays. If they do, they will be thermally profiled with a dedicated card and thermocouples attached using destructive techniques so that minimum soldering temperatures are verified.
Option 4: Configuration designation “D”. Will be SnPb with no Pb-Free Area Arrays.
This will be the standard for defense and aerospace customers of dual use products that restrict the use of Pb-free solder on area arrays. Boards will be built using SnPb solder pastes and solder alloys, typically in a 63/37 ratio. Any BGAs or Area Arrays on the BOM which are only available in Pb-free solder would need to be re-balled to comply with this option.
Option 5: Configuration designation “X”. Will be no preference.
This will mean the customer has no preference or no restrictions and BittWare can ship whatever is available to minimize customer lead time.