Surface-Mounted Power Transistor and Heatsink
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This article describes a technique which permits the surface mounting of a power transistor or rectifier and aheatsink to a printed circuit (PC) board without the need of special hardware. The present technique is illustrated in the drawings. Fig. 1 is an exploded perspective view of the parts for mounting on the PC board, and Fig. 2 is view of the parts assembled on the PC board. Transistor leads 2 are reformed so that they will rest on lands 5 of the PC board. Heatsink clip 4 is snapped over heatsink 3 and held in place by notches 6. Transistor 1 and its insulator (not shown) are inserted between clip 4 and the heatsink. The transistor and heatsink assembly then is inserted into the PC board. Notches 7 on clip 4 engage the board to hold the assembly in place. A variation in the structure and technique is shown in Figs.