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Research Triangle Park, NC, August 5, 2013

DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials and IQLP Ink Deal to Develop High-Speed Circuit Technology

Liquid Crystal Polymer to Target High-Frequency Film Market

Contact:  Noelle Hagen
919-248-5062
noelle.d.hagen@.dupont.com 

 

DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials (DuPont) and IQLP, LLC, a division of Interplex Industries, Inc., today announced their ongoing efforts to further develop and refine liquid crystal polymer (LCP) thin-film technology for use in high-speed circuit applications.  The development efforts are being conducted pursuant to a joint development agreement and a license agreement previously entered into by the parties. Following completion of successful development efforts, it is anticipated that the technology will be utilized in the development and commercialization by DuPont of products for use in the production of circuits for applications such as smart phones, telecom, internet infrastructure, high-speed computing and radar sensing devices.  

“DuPont has been developing and expanding its product line for high-speed, high-frequency applications,” said Michael Hennessy, global technology director, DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials.  “We anticipate that our collaboration with IQLP will lead to opportunities to broaden our existing range of advanced materials for high-speed, high-frequency applications and accelerate time to market for such products.”

DuPont and IQLP anticipate that their ongoing LCP thin-film technology research and development program will ultimately lead to the development and commercialization of dielectric materials that can offer electrical properties up to and over 100 gigahertz (Ghz).  IQLP’s material science – an advancement over current technology – provides tailorable properties, such as dielectric constant (Dk) and dissipation factor (Df), a tight control over dielectric thickness, and is capable of being manufactured in a high-volume, roll-to-roll format.

“We have been collaborating with DuPont in the area of advanced materials for a number of years,” said Mike Zimmerman, founder and chief executive officer, IQLP.  “The two companies each have a vision of seeing great products being developed and commercialized through advanced materials science.  IQLP has been working on the development of LCP thin-film technology since 2007.  Working with DuPont to further develop, refine and ultimately commercialize this technology for the high-frequency film market is a win-win for both companies and the electronics industry.”

Potential products that DuPont may develop which incorporate LCP thin-film technology may include double-sided copper clad laminates, along with LCP bond ply materials for use in fabricating multilayer circuit boards.  Successful development and commercialization of products that incorporate LCP thin-film technology would allow DuPont to provide a wider range of products in the high-frequency laminate marketplace, and would complement its existing DuPont™ Pyralux® flexible circuit materials and DuPont™ Interra™ embedded passive materials for rigid circuit boards product lines.

DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials offers a broad and growing portfolio of products including dry film photoresists and phototooling films for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) imaging, polyimide films, flexible circuit materials, embedded passive materials and thermal substrates for LED lighting.  For information on DuPont circuit materials please visit http:/www2.dupont.com/Pyralux/en_US/sales_support/index.html.

IQLP, LLC was initially founded as Quantum Leap Packaging in 2002 as a materials company developing products in semiconductor packaging, including the creation of its Quantech™ Material Technology. The company was acquired by Interplex Industries, Inc. in 2009. The company is focused on the development of the next generation of products for semiconductor packaging, film/laminates, structural plastics and automotive applications.  Founded in 1958, Interplex Industries, Inc. is headquartered in College Point, N.Y. The company continues to expand its technology and capabilities in the areas of product design and application development services, metal etching, prototyping, tool design and build, precision metal stamping, die casting, precision machining, plating and finishing, insert and injection molding, assembly and full scale automation services around the world. Interplex currently provides its services to the communications, electronics, industrial, medical and automotive markets and has facilities in the United States, Mexico, China, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Korea, Scotland, France, Germany and Hungary.  For additional information about IQLP, please visit http://www.IQLP.net.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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