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We must move from WM8731SEFL to WM8731CSEFL, as the original part is obsolete.

I am advised the only difference is the "introduction of copper bond wires".

Order Code WM8731LSEFL and WM8731LSELF/R changed to WM8731CLSEFL and WM8731CLSEFL/R to reflect change to copper wire bonding.

What is a copper bond wire? Does it refer to the interconnects, the solder pads or something else? Could the change affect RF emissions?

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Bond wires connect the external pads to the chip die itself. Traditionally they're gold. Presumably some new manufacturing technique allows the use of cheaper copper. I doubt this will be externally detectable; maybe it makes some difference to the expected lifetime and corrosion resistance of the chip.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, so most likely RF emissions remain unchanged? \$\endgroup\$ – SeanJ May 5 '15 at 8:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would assume so - the wires are tiny. \$\endgroup\$ – pjc50 May 5 '15 at 8:32

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