Silicone in Electronics

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Silicones have played an important role in the advancements in computer technology, telecommunications, electrical power distribution and micro- and macro-electronics.

Silicones seal, bond and encapsulate everything from highly sensitive circuits and microprocessors to semiconductors. They protect electronic components from extreme heat, moisture, salt, corrosion, contamination and movement in computers, appliances, cars and airplanes. Because of silicones’ protective properties, many technological and electronic innovations in electronic devices, components, assemblies and systems are possible.

Keypads, keyboards and copier rollers are made with silicones—as are hard-coating housings for computers, facsimile machines, telephones and home entertainment equipment.

High-purity silicone is created by thermally decomposing the ultra-pure trichlorosilane. This process is followed by silicone’s recrystallisation, which is used to create many types of electronics, including semiconductors, transistors, printed circuit boards, and integrated circuits.  A small impurity is added to the material for transistors which enables the electrons to move around, conduct electricity, and create reliable semiconductors for voltage. When heated into a molten state, silicone can be formed into semi-conductive wafers to serve as the base for integrated circuits, or microchips.

Here are some of the reasons to use silicone in your electronics:

Potting & Encapsulating

  • Increased electrical insulation
  • Shock/vibration protection
  • Protection from thermo-mechanical stresses
  • Temperature stability from -50°C to +180°C
  • Chemical purity
  • Optical transparency

Bonding & Sealing

  • Uniform distribution
  • No contact corrosion
  • Vibration dampening
  • Temperature stability from -50°C to +180°C
  • Chemical purity
  • Optical transparency

Conformal Coating

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Enhanced dielectric protection
  • Increased circuit reliability
  • Temperature stability from -50°C to +180°C
  • Chemical purity
  • Optical transparency

There are many reasons to integrate silicones with your electronics processes. From automotive lighting to industrial sensors, semiconductor chips, consumer electronics and more, Taychem’s innovative silicone product line combines reliability, strength, versatility and a host of other benefits to deliver a cost-effective solution for virtually any application.

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