Hi Ivan,

Bagotronix Tech Support wrote:
The article that Dennis posted a link to predicts that many shops will go out of business if they don't change to lead-free. However, it could go the opposite way. Those lead-ful shops may experience a solid market niche for all of those automotive, industrial, and military items for which one wants to risk failure.

Those shops that are not able to go Pb-free , will probably not be able to comply with quality standards of that niche market anyway.

For example, want to use that nice new ARM chip in your embedded design? Forget it, it's available only in lead-free finish.

Military is afraid of BGA anyway, so makes no difference. ;)

Leaded lead-free components (e.g. leaded lead-free LEDs, SMT or not)
solder equally well with eutectic and Pb-free solders, so do QFN
packages, as far as I know. Problems are with things like BGA's and chip
capacitors - wherever there is some large amount of pre-applied solder
present.

Most shops I know can do both, Pb-free and 'orthodox'. Different solder
paste and reflow profile or just new solder bath for wave soldering does
the job. For production - no hassle, but for prototyping...

I may be wrong, thou.

Indrek

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