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Metal Core PCB vs Standard Circuit Boards

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on May 22, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Over the past several years LED based products have become increasingly popular, and as a result, so too have metal core printed circuit boards. The automobile and lighting sectors have both embraced the technology, as have consumers, given an LED based light can be about 5x cheaper to run than a comparable incandescent unit. Even compact fluorescents have slightly higher operating costs and they cannot compete with the smallest LEDs when it comes to efficient use of space.

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Improving the Accuracy of Your PCB Quote

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on May 16, 2018 at 12:05 PM

Printed circuit board (PCB) fabricators receive dozens of requests for quotations (RFQs) every day. While many requests have moved to more convenient online quoting formats such as our in-house application InstantPCBQuote, many customers still send requests the old way via either files or alternate forms of describing their manufacturing requirements.

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How To Select PCB Core Materials

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on May 10, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Selecting PCB core thickness becomes a problem when a printed circuit board (PCB) fabricator receives a request for quotation of a multilayer design and the material requirements are stated either incompletely or not at all. This sometimes occurs because the combination of PCB core materials used is not critical to performance; if the overall thickness requirement is met, the end user may not care about the thickness or type of each layer.

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PCB Laminate Material FAQs

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on May 3, 2018 at 11:34 AM

All customers have questions when it comes to PCB laminate materials, so we took some of the most common questions and put together a helpful FAQ to bring you answers and solutions faster.

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Combining PCB Surface Finishes on External PCB Layers

Written by Jim Marsh
Posted on February 26, 2018 at 11:05 AM

The reason printed circuit boards (PCBs) require a surface finish rather than being left as simply bare copper is because while copper is an excellent conductor, leaving it exposed will cause it to oxidize and deteriorate over time. The increased exposure will cause the PCB to fail much sooner than expected.

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Electronics Packaging Requires Experience and Investment

Written by Kendall Paradise - President
Posted on February 2, 2018 at 11:24 AM

When you’re in the process of designing a new product, the last thing you are thinking about is the how the product is going to be packaged for transit. However, failure to prepare for and understand electronics packaging regarding how both your components and your finished unit are going to ship is a costly oversight.

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Urban Legends of PCB Processes: ENIG Black Pad

Written by Chris Perry - Printed Circuit Board Supply Chain Manager
Posted on January 19, 2018 at 2:37 PM

I can remember the first ‘incident’ of black pad, years ago, when Epec started to use the electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG) process. We didn’t notice the issue at the time, as it is not evident on the bare board, but received the complaint from assembly as it was later identified on completed assemblies.

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Manufacturing Issues with RF Circuit Boards

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on January 5, 2018 at 2:02 PM

If you’re a designer of RF or microwave printed circuit boards you’ve probably already selected a laminate material that is appropriate to your project, having based your choice primarily on the electrical requirements of the RF circuit, such as signal speed, loss rate etc. Be careful however not to overlook the fact that the specialty materials used in such designs also possess unusual mechanical characteristics; processing is different from that of normal FR4 boards.

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The PCB Jump Scoring Process

Written by Chris Perry - Printed Circuit Board Supply Chain Manager
Posted on October 12, 2017 at 3:36 PM

The V-score process is the addition of thin, double-sided cuts into printed circuit board (PCB) laminate for the purpose of assisting in the removal of individual parts from the array. The thin cuts which do not go all the way through the material, act as a perforation of the laminate so simple flexing of the laminate, or use of a cutting wheel, will aid in the removal of parts after the assembly process.

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Outline of Circuit Board Blind Vias Process Costs

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on October 5, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Miniaturization in electronics drives the need for both component and printed circuit board designers to work within ever-shrinking footprints in order to remain competitive. The signal routing requirements for many ball grid array (BGA) components are such that through hole via drilling is becoming less and less practical. This makes it necessary in many instances to use blind vias to form interconnections between layer pairs.

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