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In this paper, we present the thermal and mechanical analysis of high-power light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with ceramic packages. Transient thermal measurements and thermomechanical simulations were performed to study the thermal and mechanical characteristics of ceramic packages. Thermal resistances from the junction to the ambient were decreased from 79.6 to 46.7degC/W by replacing the plastic mold with a ceramic mold for LED packages. Thermomechanical stress induced in the heat-block test was simulated using a finite-element method. Higher level of thermomechanical stress in the chip was found for LEDs with ceramic packages, despite less mismatching coefficients of thermal expansion, compared with that with plastic packages. The thermomechanical-stress components in the direction of the thickness were found to be larger than that in other two directions. The results suggest that the thermal performance of LEDs can be improved by using ceramic packages, but the mounting process of the high-power LEDs with ceramic packages is critically important and should be the reason for causing delaminating interface layers in the packages.
Device and Materials Reliability, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:8 , Issue: 2 )
Date of Publication: June 2008