Products, Materials + Tools | Aug 18, 2009

Silicone Materials from Dow Corning Help Electronics Keep Their Cool

The growing use of High Brightness and High Power Light – Emitting Diodes for different applications adds to the heat problem.

Dow Corning has developed a range of specialized thermally conductive materials and heat transfer materials to help manufacturers deal with the issue. These materials, in the form of adhesives, encapsulants, compounds, gels and pads, prolong the life of the electronic devices by protecting their sensitive circuits and components and enabling the excess heat to be carried off and dissipated.
Dow Corning offers a variety of silicones that function as heat transfer media, provide remarkable thermal conductivity, electrical insulation, moisture and UV resistance and protect the most sensitive electronic assemblies from corrosion, environmental contamination and external vibrations.
‘While smaller and stream-lined models of home electronics look good and give users the performance they expect, the trend towards miniature gadgets presents some technical challenges ”, said Jeroen Bloemhard, Dow Corning’s global executive director for Electronics. “People who have just paid hundreds of dollars for the latest MP3 player or laptop won’t be happy if it fails just because it gets too hot. Our thermal materials mean home electronics     manufacturers can continue to make these trendy, cool and sophisticated devices but also offer them peace of mind through durability, increased operating efficiency and reliability.”

About Dow Corning:
Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is a joint venture equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.
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