Ionic Materials, a polymer technology company providing breakthrough innovation in high-speed, high-frequency electronics and solid-state batteries, has signed a pre-commercial agreement with Doosan Co., a South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation. The agreement is to develop advanced functional materials using liquid crystal polymers (LCP) that will enable the development of next-generation flexible copper clad laminates (FCCL) utilizing LCPs and comes after close collaboration between both companies’ research and development teams.
“We are excited to partner with Doosan to help them extend their proven leadership in FCCL’s for the next generation,” said Michael Edelman, Chief Executive Officer at Ionic Materials. “Our polymer expertise enables us to customize the properties of LCP film to meet the challenging technical requirements of laminates and create a truly differentiated product. We look forward to deploying the technology in partnership with Doosan.”
“Doosan Co., Ltd. has been developing and commercializing various advanced materials and technologies, such as patterned flat cables (PFC) and 5G antenna modules, while continuing to increase the competitiveness of its copper clad laminate (CCL) products,” a Doosan official said. “We will continue to use the company’s experience and capabilities to discover new applications, develop innovative products and foster them as new growth engines.”
LCP has excellent electrical and thermomechanical properties along with superior chemical and moisture resistance, critical attributes for high frequency, 5G performance. LCP minimizes electrical signal loss in high-frequency bands, making it an ideal material for the next-generation, high-speed, high-frequency circuits used in telecommunications and aerospace. It can also be used as a bonding material due to its exceptional heat resistance and good adhesion properties. This means that when a film made of LCP is used for FCCL, a separate adhesive layer is not required to be used in thin-chip packages or display drivers.
Doosan Co., Ltd. plans to complete the development of FCCLs using LCP film by the end of this year. In addition to LCP films, Doosan plans to commercialize LCP-based FPCB type RF cables (FRC), which transmit and receive signals between an antenna and an RF module in a mobile device, in the form of a flexible circuit board (FPCB). An LCP-based FRC can replace multiple antennas with one cable and deliver significant space efficiency with thinner form factors and high resistance to bending.
About Ionic Materials
Ionic Materials is a polymer technology company providing breakthrough innovation to its customers. The company creates and delivers novel polymer solutions with the technical capabilities to transform the energy storage and 5G telecom markets along with manufacturing processes that enable those polymers to be delivered at scale. Driven by a world-class team of polymer scientists, Ionic Materials is headquartered in Woburn, MA. For more information, please visit www.ionicmaterials.com.
About Doosan Corporation
Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials is a global provider of copper clad laminates (CCL), a base material of advanced IC package substrates as well as printed circuit boards (PCB) for every electronics. Through technological innovation, we’re expanding our business areas beyond CCL to 5G mmWave communications, high-speed networks equipment, AI, and autonomous EVs.