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It isn't just the type of solder used. The RoHS regulations ban six substances - lead, cadmium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), poly brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexavalent compound of chromium. PBBs and PBDEs are additive flame retardents used in many electronic components. This means that a lot of the components will need to be upgraded to RoHS-compliant versions. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cases where manufacturers are not upgrading older components, or versions in less used pacakges.

Bottom line - the need for an expensive redesign isn't surprising at all. Many companies are going through the same pain, and many have just discontinued vast numbers of older products.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 1/8/06 12:59PM
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