Smartphones and tablets have become the primary driver for the ever-increasing circuit density of today's printed circuit board (PCB) designs. At this year’s Productronica show, Dow Electronic Materials, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) will introduce its new line of advanced solutions for PCB fabrication. These new products deliver critical technologies to enable miniaturization of next generation devices with enhanced performance and reliability, reduced costs, and improved environmental profile. “Dow’s customer service and technical capability allow us to enable PCBs with more complex design under the same high performance and reliability,” said Hal Thrasher, Americas and EMEA Business Director for Dow Electronic Materials. “Dow will continue to deliver more sustainable and cost-effective solutions for the PCB industry,” said Thrasher. Dow’s solutions showcased at Productronica address key industry applications, including:
- Electrolytic Plating: MICROFILL™ THF-100 Electrolytic Copper for through-hole fill of substrate core layers, MICROFILL™ LVF 3 Acid Copper for enhanced microvia filling, ELECTROPOSITTM 1400 Electrolytic Copper in direct current (DC) thick panel plating, and COPPER GLEAMTM ST-920 Electrolytic Copper for high throw DC plating. These new products can help meet customers' needs for high-density interconnect products, improve performance and reliability, and reduce cost of ownership.
- Electroless Plating: CIRCUPOSIT™ HOLE PREP 4126 Sweller provides a unique solvent swell product with higher resin removal rates across many inert base materials, allowing cleaner hole walls and higher adhesion levels, reducing failures and improving reliability.
- Solderable Final Finishes: DURAPOSIT SMT-810 Electroless Nickel demonstrates longer bath life with improved deposit uniformity, while AUROLECTROLESS SMT-530 Immersion Gold allows increased gold deposition on Palladium for gold wire bonding on Electroless Nickel Electroless Palladium Immersion Gold (ENEPIG) finishes.
- Imaging: LITHOJET 200 series inks are a new UV-curable acrylic hybrid that can dramatically improve yield and quality, as well as reduce manufacturing costs, which opens a new generation of processing of PCBs.
Dow Electronic Materials to showcase these new products at the Productronica Show on November 12-15 at Stand 305, Hall B1, New Munich Trade Fair Center, Germany.About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com. About Dow Electronic Materials Dow Electronic Materials, a global supplier of materials and technologies to the electronics industry, brings innovative leadership to the semiconductor, interconnect, finishing, photovoltaic, display, LED and optics markets. From advanced technology centers worldwide, teams of talented Dow research scientists and application experts work closely with customers, providing solutions, products and technical service necessary for next-generation electronics. These partnerships energize Dow's power to invent. Its key end-use applications include a broad range of consumer electronics from personal computers, to television monitors, smart phones and tablets and other mobile devices as well as electronic devices and systems used in a variety of industries. More information about Dow Electronic Materials can be found at http://www.dowelectronicmaterials.com.