Ramtron Truns Green with Lead-Free Packaging for all 8-pin SOIC

9/4/2003 - U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq:RMTR) announced that all 8-pin SOIC FRAM (ferroelectric random access memory) products are now available in environmentally friendly “green” packaging. Responding to the industry’s drive toward the lead-free packaging of electronic products, Ramtron has removed lead (Pb) from finished packaging as well as brominated, flame-retarding compounds from encapsulants and substrates. The company’s packages meet or exceed the requirements of the joint IPC/JEDEC standard, J-STD-020B, and are compliant with European Union requirements set to take effect in 2006. The European Commission Directives, Japanese legislation and worldwide market pressures have spearheaded the move toward the environmentally friendly manufacturing of electronic components.

“A growing number of our key customers in Asia, Japan and Europe have requested FRAM memory products in environmentally friendly packaging,” said Mike Alwais, Ramtron vice president, FRAM Products. “Integrating green packaging into our product line is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to meeting the changing needs of our customers and our dedication to continuous product improvement.”

About “Green” Packaging
Lead is widely used in semiconductor packaging as a coating on package pins to enhance solderability; as the die attach in power IC packages; and for the collapsible balls of ball grid array (BGA) packages. The elimination of lead and other elements is driving fundamental changes in the way semiconductor components are manufactured. A partial list of banned substances includes lead, mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr+6), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

About Ramtron
Ramtron is the world leader in ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) products—new high-performance nonvolatile memories that merge the benefits of many mainstream memory technologies into a single device. The company also develops and markets ultra-high-performance memory products through its subsidiary, Enhanced Memory Systems, Inc.

For more information about Ramtron and its products, contact: Communications Department, Ramtron International Corporation, 1850 Ramtron Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, 80921. Telephone is 719-481-7000 or 800-545-FRAM (3726); FAX is 719-488-9095; e-mail address is info@ramtron.com. Homepage is http://www.ramtron.com.

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