A Guide to Designing Your Board to Avoid Thermal Mistakes


Aavid has been designing and manufacturing thermal solutions for over 50 years and has worked with partners across the globe ranging from the largest corporations in the world to small local startups. In doing so, we have seen the havoc caused by thermal challenges that easily could have been prevented. Not planning for your thermal solution can cost time, money, and resources as well as cause a large amount of rework or even massive device failures.

Taking the time to properly consider your cooling needs can make a substantial difference to your device’s success as well as save you from costly headaches further down the road. The factors outlined below should be considered for every electronic design in any industry.

What Can Happen When You Don’t Think Ahead

The cost of not considering your thermal management early in the development process is more than money. Although the financial impact can be staggering, the consequences of an insufficient cooling solution include missed deadlines, product failures and recalls, costly redesign and rework, scrapped materials, safety concerns, and endless amounts of frustration.

The repercussions of a subpar cooling solution include unfavorable product reviews, lower reliability, shorter product lifetime, noise issues, higher maintenance costs, and overall poor product performance. Additionally, it does not allow for forward compatibility. A poor solution cannot move forward into next generation products, but an optimized solution makes that next generation more likely.

In short, it is important that you take the time and effort to optimize your cooling and include it early in your design process.

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