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Concerns over tin whiskers have intensified in recent years. Various research and studies have delivered burgeoning reports and have appeared in industry publications. The tin whisker issue, and its potential mishaps, has been recognized for more than six decades in electronic, electrical, and industrial applications. So, what is new?
This series will address the practical and pragmatic aspects of the tin whisker phenomenon with a light touch on scientific background. Before I delve into the gist of tin whiskers, several areas should first be clarified.
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Editor's Note: This column originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of SMT Magazine.