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"Tin whiskers are electrically conductive, crystalline structures of tin that sometimes grow from surfaces where tin (especially electroplated tin) is used as a final finish. Tin whiskers have been observed to grow to lengths of several millimeters (mm) and in rare instances to lengths up to 10 mm. Numerous electronic system failures have been attributed to short circuits caused by tin whiskers that bridge closely-spaced circuit elements maintained at different electrical potentials."[1]

Links

FDA Tin Whisker Article

Tin Whiskers—They’re Back! 24x7 article written by Robert Dondelinger

Nasa Tin Whisker website

UK Guardian Article

Zinc Whisker article about an apnea monitor

References

  1. http://nepp.nasa.gov/WHISKER/background/index.htm

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