JAJSMD4D December 2003 – March 2022 OPA1632
The OPA1632 is available in a thermally-enhanced PowerPAD family of packages. These packages are constructed using a downset leadframe upon which the die is mounted (see Figure 10-2(a) and Figure 10-2(b)). This arrangement results in the lead frame being exposed as a thermal pad on the underside of the package (see Figure 10-2(c)). Because this thermal pad has direct thermal contact with the die, excellent thermal performance can be achieved by providing a good thermal path away from the thermal pad.
The PowerPAD package allows for both assembly and thermal management in one manufacturing operation. During the surface-mount solder operation (when the leads are being soldered), the thermal pad must be soldered to a copper area underneath the package. Through the use of thermal paths within this copper area, heat can be conducted away from the package into either a ground plane or other heat-dissipating device. Soldering the PowerPAD to the printed circuit board (PCB) is always required, even with applications that have low power dissipation. It provides the necessary thermal and mechanical connection between the lead frame die pad and the PCB.