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Image courtesy of Advanced Thermal Solutions Inc

(Image courtesy of Advanced Thermal Solutions Inc.).

Heat Sink Attachment System

Advanced Thermal Solutions Inc. has introduced the clipKIT™, a heat sink attachment system that can be used with most industry standard, off the shelf straight fin, pin fin, cross cut or slant fin heat sinks. The new system improves on heat sink performance in thermal transfer, and vibration and shock resistance. The clipKIT™ line is available exclusively from Digi-Key.

clipKIT is a line of patented heat sink attachment assemblies featuring the widely used maxiGRIP™ and superGRIP™ frame clip and spring clip. They are available for 15 - 45mm component packages and are designed for heat sinks with a base thickness of 1.75 to 4mm.

Instead of relying on thermal tape or epoxy, which can damage the board or component during rework, the clip attachment system provides a secure hold without the risk of damaging the PCB. The ultra-thin plastic frame clip and stainless steel spring clip are corrosion-resistant, flame retardant and pass Telecordia shock and vibration standards, ensuring the heat sink will reliably stay in place.

clipKIT attachments eliminate the need to drill holes in a PCB, saving valuable real estate on the PC for high density routing. The thin frame clip occupies minimal space around a component's perimeter, compared to push pin attachments or stand-off hardware which leaves little space on already overcrowded PCBs. The two-part attachment system provides a uniform force which enhances heat transfer and improves TIM performance by up to 20%.

The full clipKIT line can be conveniently ordered with no minimum from Digi-Key, the exclusive global distributor of clipKIT and many other ATS thermal management products.

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