MANHASSET, N.Y. Microtune Inc. (Plano, Tx.) has begun offering an extensive line of lead-free RF ICs, including MicroTuner single chip tuners.
The company began shipping its first lead-free silicon products in March, and has since that time expanded its lead-free product offering to include many of its tuners, amplifiers and upconverters.
Microtune joins a growing chorus of semiconductor suppliers scrambling to meet the European Union's Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS). The directive calls for the elimination of lead and other hazardous substances from new electrical and electronic equipment by July 2006.
Companies such as National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, and Intel have been phasing in lead-free packaging for the last few years, and others, such as Freescale, a Motorola subsidiary, have recently converting its parts to use lead-free packages.