6/11/2004 - Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., a subsidiary of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT), has joined STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), Infineon Technologies (NYSE/FSE: IFX) and Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) to further lead-free electronics packaging and promote a greener industry. Formerly E3, the group is now called E4 (environmental 4) and focuses on accelerating the use of lead-free packages while stimulating further development of environmentally friendly package technologies.
In July 2001, Philips, STMicroelectronics and Infineon Technologies teamed up to develop standards for lead-free products. The definition includes factors such as solderability, reliability of alternative materials and characterization of the Moisture Sensitivity Level. Lead-free, as defined by the companies, is content less than 1000 parts per million lead by weight.
Electronic equipment contains only small amounts of lead. However, the sheer quantity of devices worldwide means that any reduction in lead content is another healthy step toward a cleaner environment. By developing substitutes for lead-based materials in components and packages, the E4 is helping to make the world a greener place. In addition, the E4's efforts will help its customers meet the European Community's July 1, 2006 deadline requiring phase-out of lead usage in most electronic products.
It's the aim of the E4 to provide a high quality drop-in solution for lead-free applications to all customers of the E4 members. Member companies will share databases and methodologies, collaborate on standards and develop a common conversion strategy for the transition to lead free. This will promote a smooth introduction of new environmentally friendly semiconductor products.
In July 2002 the IPC- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association published the new standard, J-STD-020B. For small packages, part of the market demands a heat resistance up to 260°Celsius peak temperature. Hence for small size semiconductor packages the standard J/STD-020B can be exceeded. The E4 will continue to incorporate the market demands for high quality insurance measures.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., (www.Freescale.com) a subsidiary of Motorola, Inc., has a 50-year history in microelectronics. Freescale Semiconductor produces semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets worldwide. Based in Austin, Texas, Freescale Semiconductor has design, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Freescale Semiconductor's 2003 sales were $4.9 billion (USD).
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patients monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, I ntellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2003, the Company's net revenues were $7.24 billion and net earnings were $253 million. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.
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