'e' number coding in packing label

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Sometimes, you may find an ‘e’ number on the packing label for your parts, such as ‘e0’. This ‘e’ number code aligns with the JEDEC standard J-STD-609, and often calls out what material is on the leads according to a JEDEC defined set of PB-free finish options.

JEDEC J-STD-609 is a standard to meet the needs of components manufacturers to provide a marking standard. It describes the lead free surface or terminal finishes and materials, and PB-free assembly solders. The following ‘e’ numbers codes are used:

  • e0 - contains intentionally added lead (Pb)
  • e1 - tin-silver-copper (SnAgCu) with silver content greater than 1.5% and no other intentionally added elements
  • e2- tin (Sn) alloys with no bismuth (Bi) nor zinc (Zn), excluding tin-silver-copper (SnAgCu) alloys in e1 and e8
  • e3 - tin (Sn)
  • e4 - precious metal (e.g., silver (Ag), gold (Au), nickel-palladium (NiPd), nickel-palladium-gold (NiPdAu) (no tin (Sn))
  • e5 - tin-zinc (SnZn), tin-zinc-other (SnZnX) (all other alloys containing tin (Sn) and zinc (Zn) and not containing bismuth (Bi))
  • e6 - contains bismuth (Bi)
  • e7 - low temperature solder (≤ 150 ºC) containing indium (In) [no bismuth (Bi)]
  • e8 - tin-silver-copper (SnAgCu) with silver content less than or equal to 1.5%, with or without intentionally added alloying elements. This category does not include any alloys described by e1 and e2 or containing bismuth or zinc in any quantity.
  • e9 - symbol - unassigned