Solvay's New Xydar® LCP Resin Meets Stringent Demands of New Gigabyte Surface Mount Connectors
ALPHARETTA, Ga., Jan. 7, 2015– Solvay Specialty Polymers introduces Xydar® MG-850 liquid crystal polymer (LCP), a new specially designed grade that meets the rigorous performance and processing demands of new high-speed USB 3.0 surface mount connectors. This advanced new material delivers the high flow, flatness, and dimensional stability required for new 12-gigabyte connectors that target applications in desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets.
“The connector industry’s adoption of advanced fine-pitch technology* has placed even more exacting demands on materials,” said Glenn Cupta, global business development manager for electrical/electronics at Solvay Specialty Polymers. “Xydar MG-850 LCP offers manufacturers exceptional performance for these next-generation connectors, providing even tighter tolerances and lower warpage compared to our standard LCP material.”
Xydar® MG-850 LCP is a 50 percent glass/mineral reinforced polymer that fills thin walls over long flow lengths. The proprietary mineral and glass reinforcement package provides excellent warp resistance. It also exhibits a heat deflection temperature of 271°C (520°F) and infrared reflow capability up to 260°C (500°F). The material’s low moisture absorption facilitates improved IR reflow performance, according to Cupta.
Solvay’s new injection moldable grade offers performance advantages over competitive low-warp LCPs, and doesn’t suffer from corrosion issues exhibited by other rival material technologies, such as halogen-free flame retardant polyphthalamide (PPA) resins. Xydar® LCP is inherently flame retardant, transparent to microwave radiation and resistant to virtually all chemicals. The material has an UL 94 V0 flammability rating from Underwriters Laboratories of 0.2 mm without additives.
Available in black or natural colors, Xydar® MG-850 LCP is sold globally to leading processors and connector manufacturers, with whom Solvay is working closely to help facilitate its application in next-generation USB 3.0 surface mount connectors for the personal computing market.
Xydar® LCPs are part of Solvay’s broad specialty polymers portfolio, which includes materials like Lavanta® high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes used in televisions and backlight unit applications.
* Fine-pitch technology, or FTP, is generally defined as boards with 15 to 25 mils (thousandths of an inch) applications
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