Power Electronics

Vendor Establishes Thermal Test Lab

Thermal simulation specialist Flomerics (www.flomerics.com) is establishing a physical testing laboratory in Silicon Valley and will be providing physical testing services on a project basis. The company is able to offer these services as a result of their previous acquisition of MicReD and its T3Ster (pronounced Trister) thermal testing system. In addition, the company will be offering T3Ster and other test products to customers. To support these products, Gary Meltzer will be joining Flomerics in sales and Yan Zhang will be joining engineering support.

The new experimental test facility in Flomerics’ Silicon Valley office in Santa Clara will provide thermal design services from initial concept feasibility to design validations. The experimental services provided by Flomerics at this new facility will include power measurements; pressure drop measurements of boards, power supplies, and chassis; fan performance measurements with the wind tunnel; and component case temperature measurements. This facility will also offer airflow velocity measurements using a hot wire probe; component junction temperature measurements; JEDEC-compliant thermal resistance measurements and dynamic characterization; and nondestructive structural analysis of the junction-to-ambient heatflow path.

The T3Ster test product is unique in its ability to test up to eight components at one time and analyze the results as the test is being performed so the results are immediately available. Flomerics will be demonstrating the T3Ster and its other products in Booths 10 and 11 at the Semi-Therm exhibition on March 14 and 15, 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

“The T3Ster complements our Flotherm thermal simulation software by providing physical testing measurements that can be used to validate a simulation model or measure the quality of a manufacturing process.” says Dr. Mike Reynell, Director of Marketing for Flomerics. “The T3Ster offers significantly higher accuracy than competitors as demonstrated by a figure of merit (signal to noise ratio divided by thermal resistance) rating of 10 kilowatts per degree.”

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