1. What is RoHS?
RoHS is the name for a directive passed by member nations of the European Union (EU) that restricts the use of certain substances in production of electrical and electronic equipment. Defined as the Removal of Hazardous Substances, this directive (2002/95/EC) specifically restricts six substances – Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, PBB and PBDE. This directive is sometimes referred to as the EU "lead-free" legislation, but is in fact more far-reaching.
2. Why do I need RoHS compliant products?
If you wish to produce or sell electrical and electronic equipment in the EU after June 2006, then the products must be compliant with this ROHS Directive. Products that are not RoHS-compliant by this time will not be allowed to be sold in the EU.
3. Will VIA products be RoHS compliant?
Most VIA products are available RoHS-compliant now , upon request. By June 2006, nearly all products manufactured by VIA will be RoHS compliant. For more information please contact your local VIA sales representative, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. How can I identify RoHS compliant VIA products?
There are two ways to identify ROHS-compliant VIA products:
a) ROHS-compliant VIA silicon components denote a "G" after the part number identification on the top marking, as shown.
b) VIA products available RoHS-compliant have this logo at the top of their product page on this website.
5. Does RoHS compliance mean lead-free?
RoHS compliance does not mean lead-free. The EU Directive defines certain content limits of the six hazardous substances, which vary according to the product being made and the hazardous substance required for its manufacture. For semiconductors, the main substance targeted for reduction is lead, which is found mainly in the external packaging.
However, VIA, as part of its Green Computing Initiative, is working towards the elimination of lead from nearly all of its products. In fact, many VIA components are already available in a lead-free* option. For more information please contact your local VIA sales representative or send an email to email@example.com
*As defined by the EU, lead-free products are those which contain <1000ppm of lead.
6. What is the price difference between RoHS and non-RoHS products from VIA?
Please contact your local VIA sales representative for more information on pricing or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org