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Infineon Releases MOTIX BTN99xx (NovalithIC+)

MUNICH, Germany, Jan 21, 2022 – Infineon Technologies AG presents the new MOTIX BTN99xx (NovalithIC+), a unique family of intelligent integrated half-bridges and the direct successor to the BTN89xx. Besides a p-channel high-side and an n-channel low-side MOSFET, BTN99xx also includes smart driver ICs fully integrated in a single package. Its ease-of-use, advanced protection and scalability make the family ideal for a wide range of automotive applications. In addition, the integration of functions in a single rugged package makes the BTN99xx suitable for applications where low PCB consumption is critical. Due to its reliability, it is also a perfect fit for seat controls, electric tailgates and sliding doors, fuel pumps and other applications.

“MOTIX BTN89xx (NovalithIC) is a well-known and a very successful product family on the market. Since 2015, we have delivered more than 500 million units to automotive customers worldwide,” said Andreas Doll, senior vice president and general manager automotive body power at Infineon. “Our new BTN99xx family comes in a small HSOF-7 package and offers a footprint saving of 60 percent compared to the previous generation.”

The new devices have been realized in a robust package using Infineon’s advanced chip-by-chip and chip-on-chip assembly technology. Due to Infineon’s latest MOSFET technologies with innovative chip thinning process, it was possible to reduce the typical path resistance for BTN99xx by 47 percent to 5.30 mΩ at 25°C, while the current limit was increased to 75 A. As a result, this family is a unique and cost-optimized solution in the market for high-current PWM (pulse width modulation) motor drives with very low PCB consumption.

The MOTIX BTN99xx complements Infineon’s current MOTIX motor control IC portfolio, which ranks between discrete gate drivers and highly integrated embedded power motor control products featuring an Arm processors. The BTN99xx family consists of two product variants, the BTN9970LV and BTN9990LV, all housed in a 7 x 8 mm² HSOF-7 package.

Availability

BTN9970LV is released for production, BTN9990LV will be launched in February 2022. More information is available at www.infineon.com/btn99xxClick here to access the MOTIX BTN99x0LV online training session. Click here to visit the MOTIX Bridges Automotive Forum.

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Optomec Receives $2M Order for 3D Electronics Printers

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Jan 18, 2022 – Optomec Inc. announced that one of its existing production customers recently purchased another six (6) Aerosol Jet 3D Electronics Printers, bringing its total count to 20 systems. The $2+ million in orders is part of a production ramp plan that will grow to more than 30 systems over the next 12 months.

Semiconductor Packaging examples showing Printed 3D Interconnects for 3D stacked die (l), mmWave (c), and flex circuit (r).

These latest orders include the customer’s first installations of Optomec’s new HD2 printer for 3D Additive Electronics, a platform tailored for inline production in advanced semiconductor packaging and PCB assembly operations. Additionally, under the contract, Optomec will deliver Production Recipes for both conductive and insulating materials.

The customer is a leading global manufacturer of aerospace and defense electronic systems and other advanced technology products, with more than $25 Billion in annual sales. They have been using Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet 3D Printed Electronics solution for more than 5 years.

“Optomec is fortunate that many of its customers are at the vanguard in adopting Additive Manufacturing in real-world production applications.” said David Ramahi, Optomec CEO. “This particular user is truly a standout in leading the charge when it comes to implementation of 3D Additive Electronics, having shipped 100,000s of products manufactured using Optomec’s Aerosol Jet solution for advanced semiconductor packaging.”

Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet 3D Electronics Printers are an Additive Electronics solution uniquely capable of directly printing high resolution conductive circuitry, with feature sizes as small as 10 microns. The process is further differentiated by its ability to print onto non-planar substrates and fully 3-dimensional end-parts. Production applications include direct printing of 3D Antenna, 3D Sensors, Medical Electronics, Semiconductor Packaging and Display Assembly.

A primary high-value use case in Semiconductor Packaging is the printing of 3D Interconnects to connect chips to other chips, traditional circuit boards and even directly integrated into end-products, such as wearables. In this case, the process replaces legacy wire-bonding due to its advantages in terms of smaller space claim, lower loss (especially in high frequency and mmWave) and greater mechanical reliability.

About Optomec

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of additive manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics, and LENS and Huffman brand 3D printers for metal component production and repair, are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has delivered more than 500 of its proprietary additive manufacturing systems to more than 200 marquee customers around the world, for production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences and aerospace industries. Their users include countless blue-chip manufacturing companies, such as GE, Samsung, Raytheon, Siemens, Lockheed and LiteOn, as well as the US Air Force, US Navy, US Army and NASA.

For more information, visit optomec.com.

DuPont to Launch Pyralux HP Laminate Adhesive System

WILMINGTON, DE, Jan 14, 2022 – DuPont Interconnect Solutions (ICS), a business within the Electronics & Industrial segment, will introduce the Pyralux HP laminate adhesive system at the 2022 Institute for Printed Circuits (IPC) APEX Exposition to be held in San Diego, CA from January 25 – 27, 2022.

In today’s high-performance electronic devices, data consumption continues to stretch the limits across a variety of end-market segments. High-speed signal transfer across the network creates numerous environments where signal integrity is often diminished, resulting in costly issues for end users. These issues are of utmost importance in demanding applications where reliability and high performance are critical for success.

To improve the performance of these devices, DuPont developed the epoxy-based Pyralux HP laminate adhesive system that combines best-in-class insertion loss performance with increased functionality and processing. This engineered solution was specifically designed for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturers to address the needs in high-performance and high-reliability applications in the telecommunications, networking, medical, industrial, military and aerospace markets.

The Pyralux HP laminate adhesive system possesses robust processability while maintaining excellent electrical performance to optimize signal integrity in demanding and extreme environment PCB applications. This IPC-certified product is available as a sheet adhesive or as a coverlay that is well-suited for a wide variety of multi-layer flex and rigid-flex applications. The Pyralux HP laminate adhesive system enables processing at lower temperatures, providing PCB designers and producers with an expanded range of applications they can support when using this unique system.

“We are excited to bring this best-in-class laminate adhesive system to our customers as a critical offering in our portfolio of Pyralux products,” says Andy Kannurpatti, global business director, DuPont ICS Films & Laminates. “The Pyralux HP adhesive laminate system is another example of why DuPont has been the preferred flexible laminate solution provider for more than 40 years. Our innovation in offering the widest array of PCB construction options is driving device speed and reliability – enabling a range of applications from 5G connectivity to autonomous vehicles,” said Kannurpatti.

About DuPont Electronics & Industrial

DuPont Electronics & Industrial is a global supplier of new technologies and performance materials serving the semiconductor, circuit board, display, digital and flexographic printing, healthcare, aerospace, industrial and transportation industries. From advanced technology centers worldwide, teams of talented research scientists and application experts work closely with customers, providing solutions, products and technical service to enable next-generation technologies.

About DuPont

DuPont is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Their employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety.

More information about the company, its businesses and solutions can be found at www.dupont.com.

Upverter Education Becomes Google for Education Partner

SAN DIEGO, CA, Jan 14, 2022 – Altium LLC announced that Upverter Education has become an official Google for Education Partner and the first and only browser-based printed circuit board (PCB) design curriculum available on the Google Chromebook App Hub. Google for Education Partners are a select group of organizations recognized for their delivery of high-quality professional development to educators. Upverter Education is now among this select group of partners that provide progressive tools and technologies to more than 100 million students, teachers, and administrators worldwide.

Upverter Education, an Altium electronics design education initiative used worldwide in over 50 countries, guides students through the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of printed circuit boards.

“We’re excited that Upverter Education can now be accessed through the Google Chromebook App Hub, making Altium’s free electronics design curriculum and professional tools more accessible to the next generation of electronics designers worldwide,” said Rea Callender, vice president of Altium Education. “As an official Google for Education Partner, we’ve included tools such as Google Single Sign On, Classroom Share, and Classroom Rostering that makes it that much easier for educators to teach electronics design.”

The award-winning educational program is designed by educators for both individual students and for high school and college STEM educators who are teaching electronics engineering. The modular approach of the program gives educators the flexibility to select units that enhance existing coursework, or to follow the entire six-week course.

Upverter Education covers everything from PCB design to robotics, enabling students to develop hardware engineering skills and design PCB layouts. The curriculum concludes with the delivery of students’ hardware designs. For more information about Upverter Education, please visit education.upverter.com.

About Altium

Altium, LLC is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, CA, who is accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.

About Upverter Education

Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, addresses an essential societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free key tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards in 2021, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE American Business Award in the Virtual Learning Solution category, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education.