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Product Spotlight: Aavid Thermalloy Max Clips

What is a Max Clip?

Aavid Thermalloy Max Clips reduce thermal resistance by applying pressure to the center of a semiconductor and forming a connection between the semiconductor and the heat sink. Max Clips provide an effective and easy alternative to screws and rivets and bypass the need for mounting holes. In fact Max Clips maintain constant assembly force despite thermal cycling and interface material compression – this means consistent thermal performance over the life of the product which results in maximum component reliability.

Max Clips vs. Traditional Clips

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Max Clip

Thermal Performance

The thermal resistance of interface materials is inversely proportional to the clip force; the higher the clip force, the better the performance. However, high clip forces are not always necessary. For example, low fore clips are sufficient in applications using thermal grease or phase change materials because those materials ‘wet’ the surface under low pressure. High force clips may be necessary when using a silicone based insulator to achieve adequate performance.


The clip should contact the center of the device to ensure pressure is distributed evenly across the interface, therefore the length of the clip determines the mounting location. The standard length clip is designed to fit most applications. Aavid also offers short and long clip options which will allow the device to be mounted higher or lower on the heat sink if needed.

Max Clip Types

Your Authorized Source for Aavid Max Clips

bisco industries is your authorized Aavid distributor and carries the full line of Max Clips and associated heat sinks. To configure Aavid Max Clips checkout the Max Clip catalog. To search stock and get pricing and availability visit bisco’s Aavid Thermalloy microsite.

Manufacturer Profile: Aavid Thermalloy

Aavid Thermalloy is a leading manufacturer of thermal management solutions. Their worldwide network is comprised of three regional offices, six manufacturing centers, and eight design centers. Aavid takes pride in providing the industry’s broadest offering of thermal management products.

Aavid Thermalloy’s Product Offering Includes:

  • Heat Sinks
  • DC Brushless Fans and Blowers
  • Tape Attachments
  • Semiconductor Mounting
  • Board Level Attachments
  • Interface Materials (insulating hardware, gap fillers, etc.)

Aavid Engineering & Design Services

Aavid also provides impressive resource for engineers, giving them innovative and interactive online engineering tools as well as design services supported by their team of market-leading design engineers.

A History of Innovation

In 2014, Aavid Thermalloy celebrated “50 Years of Innovation”, marking half a century of delivering high quality, innovative and cost effective thermal management solutions.  Aavid’s innovative history is supported by their quality standards which require them to supply products that meet or exceed customer requirements for quality, on time deliver (OTD), performance, and value. Aavid has obtained ISO Certifications in North America, Europe, Asia, and India.

bisco – Authorized Aavid Thermalloy Distributor

bisco industries is a franchised Aavid distributor, stocking large quanties of Aavid heat sinks, fans, and other thermal management products. To find pricing, availability, and place orders for Aavid Thermalloy products visit

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