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Communications Thermal Solutions

Controlling heat for today's communications equipment is a key factor in design optimization for thermal performance, size, mass and environmental conditions.

heat pipe thermal solution for communicationsWhether you are in the wired, wireless, satellite or cable industry, thermal solutions for communications from Aavid Thermacore provide uniform and reliable electronics cooling, even under tight space constraints, and give you more design options at the component, board or system level. We offer custom-designed solutions to meet your needs for indoor and outdoor applications, including Bellcore (Telecordia) compliance and survival of salt/fog and freeze-thaw conditions. Aavid Thermacore heat pipes and other thermal technologies are available to solve thermal problems at all three levels (component, board, system) and for indoor and outdoor application.

Component-level solutions for RF amplifiers and laser diode cooling use a heat pipe assembly coupled to the heat-generating component via an interface plate. The heat pipe and condenser fins or block are attached to the plate. Aluminum heat sink efficiency can be optimized by embedding heat pipes or using a Therma-Base® vapor chamber to obtain better thermal performance, in many applications, than an embedded heat pipe can provide.

superior cooling solutionOther options for extending the thermal performance at the component or board level are the Therma-Sink® natural convection heat sink and the Therma-Fin® forced air convection systems. Both Therma-Sink and Therma-Fin provide superior cooling compared with extrusions and embedded heat pipe, plus smaller size and lighter weight.

Board-level solutions feature a thermal solution coupled to multiple heat generating components, typically on a printed circuit board. Aavid Thermacore’s vapor chamber assemblies — with our patented through-hole technology — allows multiple board level components to be cooled through effective heat spreading. Aavid Thermacore’s pumped liquid cooling system can also be coupled to heat generating components via a liquid-cooled plate.

System-level solutions offer cabinet or enclosure cooling with Aavid Thermacore’s HX® and HXi® Series heat exchangers. Heat generated by multiple components and/or boards within a communication chassis cabinet or enclosure can be cooled without introducing external air into the cabinet. Aavid Thermacore HX Series heat pipe heat exchangers and HXi impingement cooling heat exchangers can provide economical cooling of enclosed electronic equipment with high heat loads. For extremely high-heat applications (>2,000 W) the high-capacity cross-flow HXc® heat exchanger offers excellent thermal efficiency with a small footprint. These system-level heat exchangers include NEMA and UL listings and compliance.

Aavid Thermacore solutions for communications are at work in base stations, amplifiers, enclosures, optical equipment and more. Aavid Thermacore also offers custom-designed thermal solutions for any application, as well as consumer electronics thermal management.

Aavid Thermacore cooling solutions for sensitive electronic components also helped bring internet access to many homes. In partnership with a leading telecom company, Aavid Thermacore developed heat dissipation concepts for either a top-of-set interface box or an interface built into TV's, giving users free internet access and TV over IP functionality. The cooling solution typically involves a mini PC with dedicated software and support silicon in the consumer retail space, and provides efficient and cost-effective heat dissipation for high-volume production.


 

Thermal management challenge? Take the first step towards the solution for you. Find an Aavid Thermacore technical representative or e-mail info.thermacore@aavid.com for more information on our thermal solution technologies.

 
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