Since it is common to install heat sinks in self-standing power devices, we are offering Rth(ch-c) and Rth(j-c). (There are exceptions in some products.)
Channel-to-case (or junction-to-case) thermal resistance values should be used for more accurate thermal calculations instead of channel-to-ambient (or junction-to-ambient) thermal resistance values. Be sure to use Rth(ch-c) or Rth(j-c) if it is specified.
Thermal Design and Attachment of a Thermal Fin: Power MOSFET Application Notes (PDF:1,061KB)