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Toshiba announces website on RoHS compatible and lead-free products

In support of customers working to comply with pending environmental legislation by using RoHS- Compatible or Lead(...

In support of customers working to comply with pending environmental legislation by using RoHS- Compatible or Lead(Pb)-Free components, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has announced a new website,, to provide a broad range of information on the company’s support for these environmental initiatives and information on how to obtain certificates on RoHS-controlled substances for Toshiba semiconductors.

Current environmental initiatives facing electronics manufacturers include requirements under a variety of regulations and proposed regulations from various jurisdictions around the world that will regulate or restrict the use of lead(Pb) and other substances, or impose additional requirements when these substances are used in products. The European Union’s RoHS Directive provides that the use of lead(Pb) and certain other substances must be regulated by July 1, 2006. In the United States, a majority of the individual states have also proposed or adopted legislation that will regulate or restrict the use of lead(Pb) or impose additional requirements for products that contain lead(Pb).

TAEC’s new website answers frequently asked questions about RoHS-Compatible and Lead(Pb)-Free semiconductors. A web-based form enables customers to request a certificate on RoHS-controlled substances for semiconductors from Toshiba Semiconductor Company or ask other related questions on Toshiba RoHS-Compatible electronic components. The latest version of TAEC’s white paper, "Transitioning to Lead(Pb)-Free Manufacturing with Toshiba Semiconductor Products" is also posted on the web page. This paper, authored by TAEC’s Quality Assurance and Lead(Pb)-Free Implementation Team, provides technical details on Toshiba’s Lead(Pb)-Free products, transition schedule, inventory management procedures and other related information.

Additional reference material on the website includes related definitions, distributor’s support for RoHS-Compatible products, ISO 14001 Certification status, and a series of related articles and announcements from TAEC on Lead(Pb)-Free products. For customers interested in checking specific package types to confirm that Lead(Pb)-Free versions are available, reference charts for Toshiba Semiconductor Company’s memory, discrete semiconductor and System LSI business units are provided.

"TAEC, and our parent company Toshiba Corp., have been making solutions available since 2003 to enable our customers to comply with pending Lead(Pb)-Free legislation by implementing new manufacturing procedures using new materials," said Stephen Marlow, executive vice president for TAEC. "For the convenience of our customers, we have now consolidated a wide range of information on our support for this environmental initiative on this new web page."

About TAEC
Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise, TAEC brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its customers. This broad offering includes memory and flash memory-based storage solutions, a broad range of discrete devices, displays, medical tubes, ASICs, custom SOCs, microprocessors, microcontrollers and wireless components for the computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital consumer markets.

TAEC is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), Japan’s second largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment. In almost 130 years of operation, Toshiba has recorded numerous firsts and made many valuable contributions to technology and society. For additional company and product information, please visit TAEC’s website at For technical inquiries, please e-mail


1. Toshiba Semiconductor Company defines "RoHS-Compatible" semiconductor products as products that either (i) contain no more than a maximum concentration value of 0.1 per cent by weight in homogeneous materials for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and no more than 0.01 per cent by weight in homogenous materials for cadmium; or (ii) fall within one of the stated exemptions set forth in the Annex to the RoHS Directive.

2. Toshiba Semiconductor Company defines "Lead(Pb)-Free" in accordance with current industry standards as containing no more than 0.1 per cent lead(Pb) by weight in homogenous materials. This does not mean that Toshiba products that are labeled Lead(Pb)-Free are entirely free of lead(Pb).

3. Toshiba Semiconductor Company defines the "RoHS Directive" as the Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba’s "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at, or from your TAEC representative.

Reader inquiries:

Company Contact: Deborah Chalmers
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
Call: 408 526-2454

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