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Two firms apply carbon nanotubes to chip packaging

Posted: 14 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:carbon nanotechnologies? kostat? semiconductor packaging? singled-walled nanotubes?

Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. (CNI) has agreed with Kostat Inc. to develop and commercialize conductive polymers for module trays, carrier tapes and other semiconductor packaging and chip and die delivery applications.

The products are to be based on CNI's expertise in applying singled-walled nanotubes (SWNTs), and Kostat's expertise in polymer processing.

Kostat, a manufacturer of chip trays, carrier tapes, module trays and thermoplastic compounds, includes Texas Instruments, Motorola, Micron, Samsung and Philips amongst its customers.

Single-wall carbon nanotubes are 100 times stronger than steel at less than one sixth the weight and the strongest, stiffest, toughest material known, according to CNI. It also conducts electricity and conducts heat better than diamond.

CNI and Kostat will blend SWNTs with other polymers that will then be injection molded or thermoformed into packaging components for the electronics industry where conductive polymers are used to dissipate electrostatic charges. It is planned that Kostat would market these to electronics manufacturers around the world.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies





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