Tin, Tantalum, Gold, and tungsten in Electronic Components and Conflict Mineral Statuses
- Category: Tungsten’s News
- Published on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:32
Due to SEC (The Security and Exchange Commission) regulations, specifically section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, conflict mineral statuses need to be determined and reported. Access to this information is quickly becoming imperative; in the electronics industry alone, the SEC has estimated the impact of conflict mineral regulations to be over $3 billion dollars.
SiliconExpert's Database, containing data on millions of parts, reveals that nearly 25% of electronic parts contain at least one of the four minerals. Specifically, Passive parts lead the product categories with nearly 30% of all passives potentially having conflict minerals. Following Passives include Semiconductors at 28%, Interconnects at 25%, and Electrical and Electronic Components at nearly 19%.
The top ten products containing one of the four minerals include: MEMS Oscillators, Connector Headers and PCB Receptacles, Connector Card Edge, Capacitor Tantalum Solid, SMD Crystal Oscillator, Resistor Fixed Single-Surface Mount, Resistor (Trimmers, Potentiometer and Rheostat), Switch Push Button, Resistor Fixed Single-Through Hole, and Switch Slide. Six of the top ten are Passives, two are Interconnects, and two are Electromechanical from the category Electrical and Electronic Components.
Only 52% of parts potentially containing conflict minerals have a published conflict mineral status and these parts come from only around 15% of suppliers. Of the suppliers who have a published status, 37 are listed as conflict free, 40 are listed as in progress, and 4 are listed as not clear. Only 30% of parts containing tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold are confirmed as conflict free minerals.
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