Tin-Whisker Controlled FFC

Lead co-deposition as an alternative of Tin Whisker mitigation has become obsolete as a result of RoHS directive on Jul 2006 that restricts the use of lead (Pb). Current methods for Tin Whisker mitigation strategy which uses Gold (Au) plated on a layer of Nickel with the based copper (Cu) conductor wire terminals of Flexible Flat Cable (FFC) is effective, but becoming uneconomical as gold price has increased over four folds over the past 10 years. This provides the impetus to perform research and development into other methods of Tin Whisker Mitigation which is effective, economical and yet environmentally friendly.

A*STAR (The Singapore Government Research Agency) had supported JSB Tech on the development of a breakthrough Ventura V-Flex® V3 Whisker controlled FFCnew product (within INEMI Class 1 Standard) employing Annealing method for Tin-Whisker mitigation technology which is effective, economical and environmentally friendly.

Advantages


  • Reduction of COST to replace the use of Gold (Au) Plating FFC contact terminals by more than 30%
  • Improve product delivery LEAD TIME (no gold plating process & time required)
  • Environmental Friendly (eliminate the use of chemical required by gold plating process)

Application


  • Audio & Video Entertainment System
  • Blue-Ray Player
  • Optical Drive
  • Game Consoles
  • Smartphone/Tablet & Laptop PC
  • Laser/Inkjet Printers/Scanner
  • Mobile Devices utilizing serial I/O technologies
  • Others

Electron Microscope Picture


Normal Tin-Plated FFC with no Whisker Mitigation Control & Tin-Plated Connector (Reflow) Ventura V-Flex® V3 FFC & Gold-Plated Connector Ventura V-Flex® V3 FFC & Tin-Plated Connector (Reflow)
Whisker Growth clearly observed after 1000 hour No Whisker Growth observed after 1000 hours No Whisker Growth observed after 1000 hours

Whisker Growth clearly observed after 1000 hours

No Whisker Growth observed after 1000 hours

No Whisker Growth observed after 1000 hours