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Viasystems Awarded Patent for Thermal Management Technology in Printed Circuit Boards
Monday, December 20, 2010
St. Louis, MO -- Viasystems Corporation, a subsidiary of Viasystems Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAS), has been awarded a patent for an innovative thermal management solution for printed circuit boards (PCBs). The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Viasystems Patent #7,741,566 B2 for “Microelectronic Substrates with Thermally Conductive Pathways and Methods of Making Same.” In the patented process, Viasystems incorporates a copper heatsink as an integral part of the board rather than as an attachment.
“As electronic products become smaller and denser, and as higher speed devices populate our printed circuit boards, our customers’ heat dissipation requirements become increasingly challenging. Viasystems has invested in thermal management technology over a period of several years and now offers a spectrum of thermal management solutions (TMS) that range from basic to leading edge,” said Craig Davidson, Ph.D., Viasystems’ Vice President of Engineering and Technology.
Earlier methods for dissipating heat through a PCB involved “via farms,” or arrays of vias (copper-lined holes), that allowed heat to pass out of the boards. As electronic miniaturization increased and PCBs became more densely populated, via farms were no longer effective. Coin-attached heatsinks made of copper have been an important technical solution which Viasystems supplies at high-volume from its low-cost plants in China for several end-use markets.
“With this new generation of embedded heatsinks, we believe Viasystems has the industry’s most comprehensive set of PCB thermal management solutions,” Davidson continued. “Viasystems has successfully deployed embedded heatsink technology at production volumes for customers in the telecommunications industry, and we continue to work on innovative TMS in high-volume with the intent to scale up in our low-cost manufacturing facilities,” he concluded.
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Viasystems Group, Inc. is a technology leader and a worldwide provider of complex multi-layer, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). Its PCBs serve as the “electronic backbone” of electronic equipment, and its E-M Solutions products and services integrate PCBs and other components into electronic equipment, including metal enclosures, cabinets, racks and sub-racks, backplanes, cable assemblies and busbars. Viasystems’ 15,400 employees around the world serve more than 800 customers in the automotive, telecom, industrial and instrumentation, computer/datacom and military/aerospace end markets. For additional information about Viasystems, please visit the Company’s website at www.viasystems.com.
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