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What is a MCPCB?

A MCPCB is a Metal Core Printed Circuit Board that integrates a heat spreader in the form of a base metal material—generally an aluminum alloy—which is incorporated as part of the circuit board itself. A MCPCB can achieve a reduced thermal resistance by making use of a dielectric polymer that exhibits high thermal conductivity. As a result, a Metal Core Printed Circuit Board (MCPCB) is capable of transferring heat at a rate 8 or 9 times faster than that of a conventional FR4 material PCB.

Benefits of a MCPCB

Prevention of premature electronic component failure is one of the primary benefits of a MCPCB. The technology also helps to enhance the reliability of the system. In applications of high power light-emitting diodes (HP LED’s), some of the electricity powering the LED’s is emitted as heat instead of light. Thermal management by way of a MCPCB  is ideal for such applications.

Applications of a MCPCB

A MCPCB is useful in many devices and systems such as traffic lights, street lights, power converters (industrial, telecom, power supplies, high voltage regulators), photovoltaics, automotive LED systems, general lighting (commercial and residential), and back light unit applications. Heat in the vicinity of the electronic components are greatly reduced by way of MCPCB’s in Solid State Lighting LED products. Any system or device where traditional cooling such as heat sinks and fans proves insufficient can benefit from the implementation of Metal Core Printed Circuit Boards.