Frequently Asked Questions About Altera's RoHS-Compliant Products

Q1: Does Altera device comply with EU RoHS II?  

A: Intel PSG (Formerly Altera) offers device packages that are fully compliant with the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) directive adopted by the European Union. Intel PSG’s Pb-free products are in full compliance with current RoHS II (Directive 2011/65/EU) requirements.

For more information regarding RoHS compliance, please go to:

https://www.altera.com/support/quality-and-reliability/environmental/lead-free/rel-lead-free.html

Q2: Where can I find Material Declaration report for a given OPN?

A: IPC has established a common platform for Material Composition Declaration. Intel PSG (Formerly Altera) has adopted the IPC-1752 reporting format for material declaration data exchange between Intel PSG and the downstream supply-chain participants.

For IPC reports, please go to our Material Declaration site:

https://www.altera.com/support/quality-and-reliability/environmental/material-decl.html

Q3: Where can I find ROHS certificate for a given OPN?

A: You can obtain the ROHS II declaration of conformity by entering Intel PSG (Formerly Altera) ordering part number in Intel PSG web as below.

https://www.altera.com/support/quality-and-reliability/environmental/material-decl.html

Q4: Would you please provide ROHS compliance letter?

A: You can download customer letter in Intel PSG website as below.

https://www.altera.com/en_US/pdfs/devices/common/leadfree/rohs-letter.pdf

Q5: Do you have ROHS II report that covers additional 4 substances to meet 2015/863/EU directive?

A: Intel PSG now plans to prepare for ROHS additional substances in 2015/863/EU below before the 22 July 2019 deadline.

Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0.1 %)

Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0.1 %)

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0.1 %)

Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0.1 %)

Q6: What do RoHS5 and RoHS6 mean? What is difference between Intel PSG(Formerly Altera) product with RoHS5 and RoHS6?

A: When a company uses the term RoHS 5 or RoHS 6 or ROHS 6/6, etc, the company has to provide the definition. The reason is that these are not industry terminology. This is a company specific vocabulary.

For Intel PSG ROHS compliance, please refer to our website as below.

https://www.altera.com/support/quality-and-reliability/environmental/lead-free/rel-lead-free.html

Q7: How do I know if the device is a leaded or lead free device?

A:

1. For FPGA, the OPN contains the denoting info. Please refer to the table below.

Device OPN without suffix i.e. EP1C6Q240C8

 

OPN with suffix “N” i.e. EP2S60F672I4N OPN with suffix “G” i.e. 5AGXFB3H4F35I3G
Wire Bond Leaded Lead free NA
Flip Chip Leaded Solder bump contains lead which is under ROHS exemption 15. It is ROHS compliant device. Lead free

 

2. For Enpirion, all Enpirion devices are lead free.

https://www.altera.com/support/quality-and-reliability/environmental/lead-free/rel-power-lead-free.html

Q8: In the case that exemption15 is expired, do you have alternative device for Flip Chip?

A: Exemption 15 Working Group petitioning EU extension for boundary conditions for extension. Therefore, the Flip Chip devices with die > 300 mm2 or die using 90nm or older process will be kept with no change if it is granted by EU.

For other Flip Chip devices, Intel PSG will have a qualified solution. RoHS-compliant flip-chip devices with no exemptions are denoted by suffix “G”.

Q9: What is ROHS status for “G” device?

A: It is ROHS compliant flip chip.

Q10: What is Exemption 15 and how does it relate to ROHS Compliance?

A: Exemption 15 allowed semiconductor manufacturers to use leaded bumps to attach the silicon die to the substrate. This creates a packaged semiconductor product. Intel PSG (Formerly Altera) supports two types of lead free products. The first are parts that require exemption 15 and they are designated with an N in the ordering code. The second are parts that do not require exemption 15 and they are designated with a G in the ordering code.

Q11: Will RoHS-compliant packages obsolete leaded packages?

A: No, Intel PSG (Formerly Altera) will continue to sell and support devices with both RoHS-compliant and leaded package options. However all parts remain subject to a yearly end-of-life review, the results of which may impact future availability of some device and package combinations.

Q12: Can I use both leaded and RoHS-compliant parts on the same board?

A: Although it is not recommended, we have seen many customers successfully use both leaded and RoHS-compliant parts on the same board. There are high-volume consumer products that are currently using both types of packages. However, using both leaded and RoHS-compliant parts together will add to the complexity of the manufacturing process. Customers are advised to perform thorough evaluation before going into volume production.

Q13: What issues should I be concerned about when dealing with RoHS-compliant products?

A: You should note that some alternative compounds have a higher melting point than the tin-lead compound. As such, a substantially higher re-flow temperature may be required for RoHS-compliant alternatives. Manufacturing equipment to handle material with these high temperatures, such as a multizone oven, is costly, and will require significant investment from your company or your contract manufacturer.

In addition, since RoHS-compliant is still a relatively new technology, the industry is still in the process of compiling its long-term reliability data. However, Intel PSG (Formerly Altera) has extensive expertise in this field, and works closely with customers to ensure a successful transition to RoHS-compliant products.

Q14: How do I order Altera RoHS-compliant products?

A: All devices on Intel PSG’s (Formerly Altera) RoHS-Compliant Product Offering list are standard RoHS-compliant devices, and are available directly from your distributor or through your normal sales channel. ROHS-compliant devices with leaded bumps (requires exemption 15) will be marked with a "N" and ROHS-compliant devices with unleaded bumps will be marked with a "G".

Q15: What are the special terms regarding devices not available in the RoHS-compliant "G" option (Products that do not require Exemption 15)?

A: Intel PSG’s (Formerly Altera) high volume products are already offered as RoHS-compliant solutions. For limited usage devices, Altera requires a volume commitment from a customer for the RoHS-compliant option. Please contact your local Altera sales representative for details.

Q16: How do I order Altera RoHS-compliant products?

A: All devices on Intel PSG’s (Formerly Altera) RoHS-Compliant Product Offering list are standard RoHS-compliant devices, and are available directly from your distributor or through your normal sales channel. ROHS-compliant devices with leaded bumps (requires exemption 15) will be marked with a "N" and ROHS-compliant devices with unleaded bumps will be marked with a "G".

Q17: Eventually, I will need to transition to RoHS-compliant products after the exemption expires, but I do not have a set date. Is there anything I need to do right now?

A: Intel PSG’s (Formerly Altera) RoHS-Compliant Product Offering list provides an easy way to check the availability of devices you will need. As long as the device you want is listed on the availability sheet, no additional work is required until your transition date is set.