Cambridge Nanotherm Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Thermal management company Cambridge Nanotherm announced that it added manufacturing capability and capacity to its MCPCB manufacturing base to meet increasing demand for its thermal management solutions.
Cambridge Nanotherm boasts that its manufacturing capabilities include fast turnaround prototyping, high-definition thin-film circuitization, specialty manufacturing, and through to high-volume mass production. The company applies key industry and regulatory standards in its manufacturing such as automotive standard ISO/TS 16949:2009, as well as industry-specific SGS standards.

The company applies key industry and regulatory standards in its manufacturing such as automotive standard ISO/TS 16949:2009, as well as industry-specific SGS standards.

As customers demand ever brighter LED devices in ever smaller footprints, the use of more thermally effective substrates is required to keep LEDs cool enough to meet their advertised lifespan. Historically, that meant switching from cost-effective MCPCBs to expensive and difficult-to-work-with ceramics such as aluminum and aluminum nitride. Cambridge Nanotherm offers an alternative.

The company’s patented ECO process converts the surface of the aluminum core of the MCPCB, which acts as a heat spreader, into an electrically insulating but thermally conductive Nanoceramic that provides outstanding thermal performance. Depending on the chosen method of circuitization, the composite thermal performance of the resulting Nanotherm MCPBC can range from 115 W/mK to 152 W/mK.

Andy Matthews, COO at Cambridge Nanotherm, said, “Cambridge Nanotherm’s MCPCBs offer designers a distinct thermal advantage. Demand for our solutions has therefore been strong, and we’re currently engaged with most of the top ten LED manufacturers. As a result, we’ve expanded our manufacturing routes to cater to a much broader variety of requirements. We’re working with some of the best PCB and thin-film circuitization companies so we can offer an exceptional range of options to ensure we keep our customers satisfied. ”

Nanotherm manages the entire production process, from thermal design guidance and choosing materials to delivering the finished circuits. According to the company, this overall process management makes the process seamless and simplifies the manufacturing route for customers.