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Heat sink characteristics

Posted: 18 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:characteristics heat sink? temperature design system? junction maximum temperature?

In many electronic applications, temperature becomes an important factor when designing a system. Switching and conduction losses can heat up the silicon of the device above its maximum Junction Temperature (Tjmax) and cause performance failure, breakdown and worst case, fire. Therefore, the temperature of the device must be calculated not to exceed the Tjmax. To design a good thermal management solution, the Tj should always be kept at the lowest operating temperature.

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