Forum: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum (src_forum@alionscience.com )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Richard Golek (rgolek@molex.com )
Organization:Molex
Date posted: Wed Jun 13 19:20:34 US/Eastern 2001
Subject: Solder of leads on low power VCSEL laser diodes
Message:
Hand soldering of 0.019 dia VCSEL laser diode pins (usually in TO-46 packages)to solder pads on small PC boards is a common practice. Some laser diode manufacturers however advise against this method and recommend using connectors, while others provide solderability specs. I am interested in hearing from anyone on laser diode reliability issues related to the use of hand soldering, and also any ESD damage observed due to this method. Thank you.

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