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Thermostatic applied on electronic chip

  1. Sep 21, 2011 #1
    Hi everybody
    I am an electronic engineer and I have a question concerning thermostatic behaviour of an electronic component.

    I have a printed circuit board (PCB) with electronic chips on it. At room temperature 25°C I measure with the infrared themometer the case temperature of one component which is 40°C (It is an ethernet PHY).
    Now I made the following assumption: If I put the PCB in a climatic chamber and adjust the chamber temperature to 85°C degree then the case temperature of the component should be 100°C = (40+(85-25)). But that is not the case, it is lower, only 90°C.
    So what is going on there I dont understand this.
    Please help
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  3. Sep 21, 2011 #2
    I don't beleive its a linera rise to ambient temperature as I would have to study all the calculations involved in PCB I'll instead direct you to a claculator that I've used in the past.

    http://home.comcast.net/~pcb.george/trace.html [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 5, 2017
  4. Sep 21, 2011 #3
    This is a calculator that computes the temperature and resistance of a copper trace on the PCB in relation to its mechanical dimensions and electrical current.
    I dont see how that gives me an answer to my question.
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