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Semiconductor Vendor Announces Full RoHS Compliance

Fairchild Semiconductor (http://www.fairchildsemi.com/) has announced it is shipping its complete portfolio of basic marked components—totaling more than 34,000 products— in configurations that conform to the European (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) directive. This directive bans new electrical and electronic equipment containing certain chemicals, including lead (Pb), from the EU market starting July 1, 2006.

Fairchild customers can order RoHS compliant products in two ways. All basic marked products are now RoHS compliant and may be ordered under the original base part numbers. This accommodates those customers mandating no part number change. In addition, RoHS compliant products may also be ordered using a unique Fairchild part number for those customers desiring a distinct part number delineating RoHS compliance.

Fairchild is implementing a new RoHS compliant symbol for all of its boxes and reels. In addition, the devices themselves are marked with a unique alpha-numeric date code to easily denote RoHS compliance. The company is currently implementing the JEDEC standard (JESD97) for part labeling conformance and is implementing the newly released IPC standard (IPC1752) for uniformity in material declaration. Fairchild continues to work with customers and distributors to identify and isolate non-compliant inventory, which many customers are still requesting for RoHS-exempt applications.

For more information on Fairchild's RoHS program, part marking data and an easy-to-use search tool, see http://www.fairchildsemi.com/products/lead_free.

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