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RoHS impact on advanced interconnects in automotive
Keywords: RoHS, plastic materials, green packaging
The Automotive electronics industry represents approximately 6% of global electronics production with a yearly growth of greater than 3% driven by more strict fuel economy and emissions mandates as well a further increased safety standards thus placing more burden on the electronics used in the vehicle. Future cars will therefore literally convert into rolling computers, leading to a stronger convergence of the Electrical & Electronics and automotive industries. This leads to new challenges and opportunities such as EMI shielding, miniaturization, robust mechanical performance, fire safety and environmental concerns. In this paper, we will address the impact of some key trends in automotive electronics and will in specific discuss the impact of the RoHS initiative. This initiative will have a major impact on product design and the choice of plastic materials for electrical components due to the increased temperature load used during assembly. With specific benchmarks of various high performance plastics such as LCP, PPA, PCT and PA4T we will work material options for designers to master the challenge of RoHS.
Dr. Tamim P. Sidiki, Global Marketing Manager
DSM Engineering Plastics B.V.
Sittard, Holland

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