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Common IP Testing Failures and How to Avoid Them

Erik Rohr,Trace Laboratories

A product that is used outdoors, in a dusty factory, or near your morning latte will often require some level of tested and certified protection against the ingress of dust and water. Companies want their products to meet specific Ingress Protection (IP) ratings, for reasons of safety, functionality, and even as a marketing technique to demonstrate superior performance over the competition. This article will discuss ways that water and dust find their way into various types of products, and design techniques to ensure the best possible test. MORE

A Better Alternative to Heat Pipes: Integrating Vapor Chambers into Heat Sinks

George Meyer, CEO
Celsia, Inc.

Often in high power density or low profile heat sink applications, the spreading resistances in the base of the heat sink limits the performance of the design. Once it is determined that normal heat sink materials, aluminum or copper, are either insufficient or too bulky to meet the design objectives, the obvious next step is to look at two phase spreading devices, such as heat pipes or vapor chambers. MORE

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