About Ferro CorporationFerro Corporation ( http://www.ferro.com) is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. Ferro materials enhance the performance of products in a variety of end markets, including electronics, solar energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, building and renovation, appliances, automotive, household furnishings, and industrial products. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Company has approximately 5,100 employees globally and reported 2011 sales of $2.2 billion.
Ferro Corporation’s (NYSE: FOE) Electronic Materials business has expanded its low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) portfolio, which includes industry-leading A6M and A6S, with a new line of cost-effective matched materials that offers better performance over a greater range of frequencies and easier manufacturability than market alternatives. The Company will introduce its new L8 LTCC product line in booth 9-212 at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2012, to be held May 8-10 in Nuremberg, Germany. L8 Materials System Ferro’s new L8 LTCC system has superior dielectric properties that provide significantly lower loss than competitive, price-sensitive LTCC products. L8 performs well at up to 40 GHz and its reduced loss enables manufacturers to design and build more energy-efficient parts that consume less power. The L8 system is suitable for cost-sensitive low- to mid-frequency telecommunications, automotive, and medical modules, components and sensors as well as higher frequency aerospace, satellite and other high reliability applications. The lead-free glass-ceramic formulation also provides very high strength and may be used in wire-bond, solderable, brazable, and plateable applications. The L8 system is RoHS compliant. Ferro supplies L8 ceramic tape with a full complement of matched metallization pastes that include silver, gold, plateable silver, and mixed-metal formulations. Gold and nickel may be electrolessly plated onto silver surfaces to improve performance in harsh environments and for easier wire-bonding. L8 pastes have excellent printability and the material set has a broad processing window with multiple co-firing options with either belt or box furnaces. “L8 offers mid-frequency capabilities far beyond other cost-sensitive LTCC products,” said Ed Stadnicar, Jr., business manager, electronic packaging materials for Ferro Electronic Materials. “Its performance in the 30 to 40 GHz range enables high-performance applications such as aerospace and biomedical devices to lower overall manufacturing costs and to use silver or plateable gold instead of all-gold metallizations.”