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Publication Date: 07/1/2012
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Ironwood Socket for Thermal Control
Thermal control socket.
Eagan, MN — Ironwood Electronics' new high performance thermal socket lid, TSL-ST-01, allows any IC device to be placed inside any socket and operated at the IC's extreme temperature to determine its thermal capability. Thermal Socket Lid and Control Systems enable temperature control of IC devices during thermal characterization using direct thermal contact technology that provides accurate and stable temperatures on the IC resulting in precise characterization.

The three main components of the thermal management system are the thermal socket lid, the chiller and the controller. The chiller supplies chilled liquid to the thermal socket lid. The controller has constant feedback to monitor the thermal socket lid and to supply the necessary electrical input to accurately control the temperature.

The thermal socket lid has two main functions: to transfer heat to the IC device; and to compress the IC device on the interconnect unit. The thermal socket lid, along with the control system, precisely controls the temperature of the IC while it is being tested. The thermal socket lid replaces the actual socket lid on top of a test socket. The lid has a replaceable compression plate to accommodate various IC sizes. An additional accessory called "socket frame" is needed to interface the thermal socket lid to the socket body.

In addition to hardware, the company also provides software that enables more features than just representing the front panel of the controller by itself. It also has an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). Features include the ability to set a temperature, tune the system, change and save configuration settings, log data, and run custom scripts.

Contact: Ironwood Electronics, 1335 Eagandale Court, Eagan, MN 55121 800-404-0204 or 952-229-8200 fax: 952-229-8201 E-mail: Web:

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