Zipper fin heat sinks offer higher performance, lighter weight and lower cost

11-03-2015 | ATS | Subs & Systems

New zipper fin heat sinks, from Advanced Thermal Solutions (ATS), protect
components from the dangers of excess heat at a lower cost than other high
fin density heat sink types, says the company.

Zipper fins are machined from thin sheet metal, typically aluminium or
copper, and are formed into custom shapes. The sheets are designed to
interlock with a very narrow space between their layers. The fin assembly is
wave soldered to a metal base forming a very rigid, lightweight heat sink.

The zipper fin production process yields a lower cost heat sink than bonded
fin designs. This is mainly because bonded heat sinks require more expensive
tooling to manufacture. Zipper fin heat sinks can also be made in high
aspect ratio fin profiles, enabling taller, thinner and more tightly packed
fins for higher cooling performance.

Zipper fin sinks can be designed with integral ducts to contain and optimize
cooling airflow. This improves thermal performance, particularly with active
sinks that receive airflows from fans and blowers. For many of these
designs, the top surface of the heat sink can also be used as a heat
spreader for hot components.

Zipper fin heat sinks allow the combined use of copper and aluminium
materials. In these designs, the copper base allows for optimal heat
spreading while the aluminium fins ensure the heat sink will be lightweight.

With the benefits of higher performance and lighter weight, ATS zipper fin
heat sinks can be used to cool LEDs, as well as hot components in telecom,
datacom, defence and embedded electronics industries, says the company.

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