Tin Whisker

Whiskers Remain a Concern

Proceedings of the 8th Interational Sysmposium on Tin Whiskers (2014)

Proceedings of the 7th Interational Sysmposium on Tin Whiskers (2013)

Proceedings of the 6th Interational Sysmposium on Tin Whiskers (2012)

New Article: "Evaluation of Effectiveness of Conformal Coatings as Tin Whisker Mitigation"

Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Tin Whiskers (2011)

RoHS Recast (June 2011)

Tin Whisker Telecon Presentation (1-11-2012)

Article on Tin Whiskers Found in a Toyota's Electronic Throttle Controls

Recommended Whisker Measurement Technique


A failure mode is re-emerging that has been responsible for the loss of billions of dollars worth of satellites, missiles, and other equipment - electrically conductive tin whiskers. Tin whiskers can develop under typical operating conditions on any product type that uses lead-free pure tin coatings. Driven by the accelerating movement to lead-free products, tin whiskers pose major safety, reliability, and potential liability threats to all makers and users of high reliability electronics, and associated hardware. Existing approaches are not sufficient to control tin whiskering in high-reliability systems. The risk is here now, and unless decisive action is taken soon to fund the development and implementation of a strategic action plan to devise short-term stopgap procedures and medium-term investigation of mitigation alternatives, serious consequences are inevitable.