Flexible PCB is growing in demand as electronics become more streamlined and efficient
Reno, Nevada, August 1, 2012 – Flexible printed circuit boards
(PCB) are growing in popularity and have many uses in electronics and medical
devices such as: iPod, iPad, printers, televisions, cellular phones, and virtually
any medical equipment often feature flexible PCB. Demand is increasing due to
its flexibility, space-consciousness and light weight design.
High quality PCB suppliers are instrumental in the delivery of the electronics
coveted by Americans. Quality flex PCB consists of silicon and
electrical conduit to comprise a complete system of electrical circuits.
Flexible PCB allows designers the ability to design devices with smaller
footprints because this type of board can be manipulated into unique designs.
Since flexible PCB can be twisted or rolled into nearly every design, designers
are not limited to standard packaging. They can be more creative with their
designs and space conservation efforts. Many designers are pleased with the
benefits received from new flexible PCB technology.
There are several different types of flexible PCB available: single-sided,
normal double-sided, multi-layer and rigid-flex. Single-sided PI-coated copper
board is a single-layer conductor that is covered in a layer of preservative.
The preservative is added after the etching process. Single-sided PCB is
commonly used in flex cables, printer flex, flexible heaters and LED flex. The
technology has been proven effective in these applications.
Normal double-sided PI-coated copper board is covered in a layer of
preservative after the etching process. This transforms the device into a
double-layer conductor. Double-layer conductors are most commonly used in
telecommunication and high frequency communication applications.
Multi-layer PCB devices are created by gluing together several single-sided
PI-coated copper boards. The adhesive used is pressure-sensitive. Multi-layer
PCB are often found in medical devices and applications. The conductor is
highly effective and pliable.
Rigid flex PCB is a combination or hybrid circuit board technology. The best of
both worlds are combined to bring an exceptional solution to device designers.
Rigid boards are preferred for high supporting ability. High pliability is
preferred for designs that do not fit a traditional package.
Compared to other options flexible PCB is more expensive. Many designers find
the expense justifiable considering the space-savings and functionality. Prior
to purchasing flexible PCB, a cost-benefit analysis should be conducted to
determine whether the investment is sound. In most instances, designers choose
flexible PCB over other options.
With numerous flexible PCB types available, there are countless choices for
designers. Designers can integrate the technology in a variety of designs. Not only
is flexible PCB round in hard disk drives and printers, but the technology is
most recently been found in LED connector technology. This is just one example
of its use, but flexible PCB has a variety of other applications available for
designers to consider and modify.
Flexible PCB is the wave of the future. As technology develops, flexible PCB
will allow even smaller designs. Every designer should consider how integrated
flexible PCB will increase functionality of their designs and help to conserve space.
Ask an expert about how to effectively integrate flexible PCB into your basic