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.
(June 7, 2004) San Jose, Calif.—SEMI and IEEE recently agreed to support each other’s efforts to create nanotechnology and MEMS standards. The organizations will appoint liaisons, define a regular exchange of information and schedule periodic joint meetings to present updates and disseminate standards information on nanotechnology and MEMS.