- Q 01. How does SAMSUNG Electronics define "Pb-free", "RoHS compliant", "Eco-Product"?
Pb-Free : "Lead-Free" or "Pb-Free" mean semiconductor products that does not contain lead (not exceeding 0.1% by weight in homogenous materials).
RoHS Compliant : While lead (Pb) is the most widely used toxic substance in electrical and electronic equipment, the term "lead (Pb)-free" is often wrongly adopted to refer to all of the substances specified in the RoHS Directive. RoHS restricts a total of six substances - lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE. To be truly compliant with this legislation, the presence of each of these substances must be reduced below their maximum concentration values (MCV). For the purposes of RoHS regulations, a maximum concentration value of up to 0.1% by weight in homogenous materials for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE and of up to 0.01% by weight in homogenous materials for cadmium will be permitted in the manufacturing of new electrical and electronic equipment. SAMSUNG Electronics has analyzed its products, and as a result, the amount of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) is either not detected or is below the threshold targets currently being considered for RoHS.
In order to completely rule out the possibility that the banned substances are contained by accident or by on-process contamination, SAMSUNG Electronics launched its Green Procurement scheme, which assures that all raw materials for semiconductor chips do not contain RoHS-banned substances. Currently SAMSUNG is using only RoHS compliant materials. Therefore, all Lead (Pb)-free semiconductors provided by SAMSUNG are RoHS compliant.
SAMSUNG Electronics has secured the capability to supply lead-free (or RoHS compliant) products across all semiconductor product lines. You can check the RoHS complaint logo on SAMSUNG products or product packaging to verify whether the product you are planning to buy meets the requirements. You can also check if the product is RoHS compliant by typing in the product code on the SAMSUNG Eco Search page.
Eco-Product : SAMSUNG Electronics defines "Eco-Product" to mean Lead (Pb)-Free (RoHS compliant), and free of Chlorine (Cl), Bromine (Br) and Antimony (Sb) based flame retardants (Br or Sb do not exceed 0.09% by weight in homogeneous material). You can also check if the product is Halogen-free by typing in the product code on the SAMSUNG Eco Search page.
- Q 02. Does SAMSUNG Electronics marked its product with any distinguishing features that will allow us to easily identify products that contain Pb from products that are Pb-free?
- Q 03. How can I determine the chemical content of SAMSUNG Electronics products?
Material Declaration Sheets (MDS) and Declaration of Conformity for EU RoHS are available for several product groups on Eco-Search page. If the MDS that you are interested in is not available at this location, contact your field representative or service and support organization. SAMSUNG Electronics.
You can download on compliance inforamtion about China RoHS page and EU REACH page.
- Q 04. How can I find out if a product is available in RoHS compliant (Pb-free) or when it will be?
SAMSUNG Electronics completed development and qualification for PB-free technologies. You can find out compliance information for products on Eco-Search page.
- Q 05. What is the peak temperature rating and moisture sensitivity level (MSL) of Pb-free products?
SAMSUNG Electronics does intend to comply with J-Std-020 MSL requirements, which establish in part the peak temperature rating and MSL of the part. Peak reflow temperature rating and MSL rating information is generally 260°C and MSL 2 respectively. However if you want to know the exact MSL of a product, please contact to your sales partner.
- Q 06. What alloys has SAMSUNG Electronics selected for its Pb-free products?
BGA packages are SnAgCu and SnAgCuNi (MCP). Lead-frame packages are Pure Sn, SnBi (Post-plating) and NiPdAu (Pre-plating).
- Q 07. Are SAMSUNG Electronics products backwards compatible (use of Pb-free alloy product with SnPb paste)?
For lead-frame type SAMSUNG Electronics' Lead (Pb)-free devices can be integrated regardless of whether the assembly processes have already been converted to lead-free or not. However the compatibility of BGA type devices is not fully guaranteed (soldering below 230°C is critical) since they will require a higher soldering temperature than Leaded (Pb) equivalents.
The main difference between Leaded (Pb) and Lead (Pb)-free soldering process is the temperature range: Leaded (Pb) soldering (215°C-240°C) vs. Lead (Pb)-free soldering (235°C-260°C).
- Q 08. Is SAMSUNG in compliance with China RoHS?
Samsung Electronics is in compliance with China RoHS. You can get more inforamtion from China RoHS compliance page
- Q 09. Is SAMSUNG in compliance with EU REACH?
Samsung Electronics is in compliance with EU REACH. You can get more inforamtion from EU REACH compliance page
- Q 10. Is SAMSUNG in compliance with EU PFOS Directive (2006/122/EC)
Samsung Electronics is in compliance with EU PFOS Directive(2006/122/EC) for Restricion of the marking and use of certain dangerous substances and preparation (Perfluorooctane Sulfonartes). PFOS compliance means that a product do not contain PFOS in a concentration equal to or higher than 0.1 % by mass of the product. If you'd like to get Declaration of Conformity, please fill out your request here
- Q 11. Does SAMSUNG provide halogen-free products?
Samsung Electronics provides Halogen-free Products for all the product goups. You can get more information from Halgoen-free page
- Q 12. Who can I contact for questions regarding product-related environmental compliance?
The first contact for all questions about Lead (Pb)-free and Eco-Products is your sales partner. For any other questions regarding Lead (Pb)-Free status or strategies, please fill out your questions here