Visteon Produces First Lead-Free Solder Module

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Visteon Corp. has announced the auto industry's first use of lead-free solder paste in a printed wiring board (PWB) electronic module. The company received approval from Ford to manufacture and supply its Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) transceiver module using the lead-free solder. The PATS module uses a lead-free solder paste to replace tin-lead (Sn-Pb) alloy solder. Visteon has been researching and developing this technology for several years, and it has exceeded performance requirements in both laboratory analysis and in-vehicle testing. The implementation of this technology is a significant step forward, it feels, in the manufacturing and supply of lead-free electronics modules due to the anticipated restrictions on the use of all but trace amounts of lead in most or all vehicle components in North America, Europe, and Japan.

Source, Jan 2001