Panasonic Industry Co., Ltd. has announced the development of the R-2400 high-thermal conductive film for multilayer circuit boards.
In recent years, electric vehicles (xEVs) have become increasingly popular due to growing interest in environmental issues. To improve the energy efficiency of electric vehicles, batteries, power supply modules, and drive units have become even more powerful. This increases the need for power semiconductors such as SiC and GaN, posing significant challenges to the thermal management of equipment. In addition, weight reduction and miniaturization of power supply modules and drives are required to increase the cruising range of electric vehicles as well as improve passenger comfort by expanding vehicle interior space.
Accordingly, Panasonic Industry has developed the R-2400 high-thermal conductive film for multilayer circuit boards. The film has achieved industry firsts in both high-thermal conductivity of 2.7W/m・K and excellent resin flowability that enables the multilayering of circuit boards.
The new product mitigates the effects of heat generated by power semiconductors. Additionally, it can be used in multilayer circuit boards – something that is difficult to achieve with conventional high-thermal conductive materials. Also, it suits component-embedded circuit boards and those with thick copper foil. These features contribute to the reduction of power consumption (electricity costs) of electric vehicles and the reduction of CO2 emissions because of their effect on weight reduction and the miniaturization of power supply modules and drives.
(*1) As electronic circuit board materials and films for multilayer circuit board materials. Panasonic Industry’s data as of May 15, 2023
(*2) Measured with the laser flash method
Features, Applications of the High-Thermal Conductive Film
The R-2400 film product for multilayer circuit boards features the industry’s first high-thermal conductivity of 2.7 W/m・K. It helps reduce the number of thermal management components. Also, the excellent resin flowability allows for the multilayering of electronic circuit boards, contributing to the miniaturization of equipment. Moreover, the new film is certified to meet the UL-specified rated temperature of 150°C and can be used in high-temperature environments.
The new film suits multilayer circuit boards and component-embedded circuit boards used for core power supply components that require heat management measures. Among these products are vehicle chargers, power supplies for railroads, power conditioners for photovoltaic power generation, inverters, step-up converters, and more.
1. The industry’s first high-thermal conductivity of 2.7 W/m・K as a film product for multilayer circuit boards helps reduce the number of thermal management components.
By utilizing high-thermal conductivity technology that employs inorganic filler design know-how, the film improves the heat dissipation of the entire electronic circuit board, contributing to the heat mitigation of power semiconductors. This helps reduce the number of thermal management components such as heat dissipation fins and cooling fans, which, in turn, contributes to the miniaturization of equipment.
2. The excellent resin flowability enables multilayering of electronic circuit boards, contributing to the miniaturization of equipment.
By designing the optimal balance of inorganic fillers and insulating resins, the film achieved excellent resin flowability. This allows for the use of high-thermal conductivity materials in multilayer circuit boards, which was previously difficult in terms of circuit filling properties and insulation reliability. The product will also contribute to the further miniaturization of equipment in the future through the development of applications for component-embedded circuit boards and thick copper circuits. In addition, the film can be utilized in the processing of general electronic circuit boards. Thus, it can reduce the process load, with batch molding in combination with prepregs also possible.
3. Certified to meet the UL-specified rated temperature of 150°C and can be used in high-temperature environments.
Panasonic Industry’s unique resin design and compounding technology achieved higher heat resistance of materials. The film withstands heat generated by power semiconductors and is used in high-temperature environments, including vehicle-mounted applications.
Please note that this product can be used together with Panasonic Industry’s halogen-free glass epoxy multilayer circuit board materials R-3566D (certified to meet the UL-specified rated temperature of 150°C).