Choosing the Right Solution for Your Needs
Flexible PCBs are used in a variety of different applications such as portable electronics, devices, hard dish drives and desktop printers
Rigid PCBs are designed for applications that have complicated circuit layouts or need many electric components mounted. This type of PCB offers high durability, reliability and a long life cycle, which is why they are often used in LEDs, as well as automotive, medical, HVAC, fitness equipment and industrial applications.
Rigid-flex PCBs maximize space and greatly improve reliability. This type of PCB is designed for advanced electrical applications such as testing equipment, tools and automobiles. In addition, rigid-flex PCBs are used in medical devices such as pacemakers, because of their space and weight reduction capabilities.
Aluminum/metal clad circuit boards are used a base metal material to assist with the heat dissipation of the circuit board. Metal clad PCBs are widely used in light emitting diodes (LED) technologies to assist with heat dissipation and produce a specific illumination along with power converters in the telecom, industrial, high voltage regulator, power supplies, hybrid/electric motor control applications and photovoltaic products. The thickness of metal cores in PCB base is typically 30–125 mil, but thicker and thinner plates are available based on the customer’s application needs.
Copper clad PCB/heavy copper PCBs have the ability to dissipate heat away from components, which is why this type of PCB is in high demand. With increasing power requirements of products today, a copper PCB could be the right choice for your application. Common applications of a copper clad PCB/heavy copper PCB include power converters for telecom, industrial, power supplies and high voltage regulators, hybrid/electric motor control applications and general lighting applications
Ceramic PCBs can be used in high pressure, high temperature and high frequency applications, such as automotive and consumer electronics industries.
- Highly hot and cold impact resistance
- Low thermal expansion coefficient
- Good thermal and electric conductivity
PTFE teflon PCBs are used when the electrical loss from standard FR4 is not acceptable. This materials low dielectric constant, low loss target and high melting temperature make it the perfect material for printed circuit boards that are to be used at high frequencies in applications such as military, medical, telecommunications and automotive.
- Heat resistance
- Moisture resistance
- Abrasion resistance
- Corrosion resistance
Thermal clad PCBs (T Clad) have the ability to efficiently dissipate heat away from components. Metal clad PCBs can be aluminum, copper or a mixture of special alloys. The most common applications of thermal clad PCBs LED technologies including street safety applications (lighting, streetlights, etc.), general lighting applications, back light unit applications, automotive LED applications and power converters such as telecom, industrial, power supplies, high voltage regulator, photovoltaic and hybrid/electric motor control applications.
- Lowering operating temperature
- Reduced printed circuit board size
- Longer component life
- Increased durability
- Increased power density