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New material options for light-emitting diode packaging
Author(s): Carl H. Zweben
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Paper Abstract

As light-emitting diode (LED) power levels and chip sizes increase, thermal management and thermal stresses, which affect performance, power conversion efficiency nad lifetime, are becoming increasingly serious problems. Traditional materials have serious deficiencies in meeting requirements for thermal management and minimization of thermal stresses in high-brightness (HB) LED packaging. Copper, the standard material for applications requiring high thermal conductivity, has a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) that is much larger than those of ceramics and semiconductor materials, giving rise to thermal stresses when packages are subjected to thermal excursions. Aluminum has a larger CTE than copper. Traditional materials with low CTEs have thermal conductivites that are little or no better than that of aluminum. There are an increasing number of new packaging materials with low, tailorable CTEs and thermal conductivities up to four times those of copper that overcome thise limitations. The ability to tailor material CTE has been used to solve critical warping problems in manufacturing, increasing yield from 5% to over 99%. Advanced materials fall into six categories: monolithic carbonaceous materials, metal matrix compsites, carbon/carbon composites, ceramic matrix composites, polymer matrix composites, and advanced metallic alloys. This paper provides an overview of the state of the art of advanced packaging materials, including their key properties, state of maturity, cost and applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 June 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5366, Light-Emitting Diodes: Research, Manufacturing, and Applications VIII, (21 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.529192
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Carl H. Zweben, Advanced Packaging Materials Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5366:
Light-Emitting Diodes: Research, Manufacturing, and Applications VIII
Steve A. Stockman; H. Walter Yao; E. Fred Schubert, Editor(s)

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