Mentor Graphics announced the new T3Ster DynTIM tester, a method of measuring thermal characteristics of thermal interface materials (TIM). Thermal resistance testing of interface layers within electronics products is critical for product performance, but the characterization of these thin, high-thermal conductivity materials under realistic conditions for their application is extremely challenging using current methods, the company says. The DynTIM tester provides the ability to control and vary the sample thickness of materials being tested, yielding very accurate results. It can be used with the Mentor FloTHERM and/or FloEFD CFD solutions.
The DynTIM tester, combined with the company's T3Ster test product, an accurate method of measuring thermal resistance of TIMs under conditions close to real life applications on a variety of materials at different pre-set thickness levels, such as greases, pastes, phase-changing materials and even specially prepared metallic samples. On average, the DynTIM tester provides TIM measurement accuracy by ±5%.
DynTIM users can test a large number of different TIMs to create a short-list of the best performing materials as possible candidates for the application. After the measurement of the material properties and narrowed selection of the TIMs, the T3Ster tester can be used to test these materials in-situ, in their target environment.
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