The green monster has struck again, as materials suppliers and PWB fabricators are receiving OEM requirements for environmentally friendly base materials, soldermask and components. The OEM-targeted materials include bromine, halogen, halide and chlorine.

Materials suppliers are now left with the questions: What particle count determines halogen-free, bromine-free, etc.? Will the alternative materials guarantee the same reliability? Why are we doing this?

This email forum serves a basis for peer interaction on the issue. Subscribers to the forum from all over the world can discuss the issues, dispel the myths and help each other in making the transition to these green materials a smooth ride. This forum will also be the basis for updates on a white paper being developed by the IPC Halogen-Free Materials Task Group.


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