Choosing The Right Type Of PCB

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Choosing The Right Type Of PCB

29 September 2018
 Categories: Business, Blog


PCBs are a critical component of most electronics. When you are developing a piece of electronic hardware, you will want to make sure that you use the right type of PCB so you can keep costs low while being able to design a product with the right specifications. Fortunately, there are many options available.

Single-Sided PCBs

Single-sided PCBs are among the most simplistic PCBs available. All of their circuits and components are soldered onto one side, making them easier to work with. Because of their simplicity, they are inexpensive and are commonly used by hobbyists and first-timers. However, they might lead to the end product being larger.

Double-Layer PCBs

Double-layer PCBs are able to establish a connection while taking up less space. This allows for the board to complete more functions. For this reason, they are useful when constructing circuits that need more complexity than a single-sided PCB. 

PCB Rigidity and Flexibility

PCBs are either rigid or flexible. A rigid PCB is not able to move when pressure is placed on it. Flexible PCBs, on the other hand, are made out of flexible materials such as plastic. They tend to be more expensive than rigid boards, but they have more applications. For example, they can be wrapped around corners. However, it is also possible to have the best of both worlds.

Flexi-rigid PCBs have both rigid and flexible layers. This setup can have the benefits of each type of board while taking up less space and being more streamlined. These types of PCBs are most often used in situations where there is a concern over space and weight. 

Multi-Layer PCBs

When a device must perform complicated electrical tasks, you might need to move on to the multi-layer PCB. By having multiple layers, this type can be used for the construction of file servers and data storage. 

High-Frequency PCBs

A high-frequency PCB refers to the PCB design element rather than how the PCB is constructed. These are designed to transmit signals that are over 1 gigahertz. Some of the high-frequency PCB boards are the most expensive options, such as teflon. When you are using a high-frequency PCB, you must take into consideration the dissipation, dielectric thickness and the dielectric constant.

Working with PCBs can be a great hobby for some and a business venture for others. When you have the right type of PCB, your project will be much more successful and cost-effective. Work with a company, like Haz-Pros, Inc., if you will be using PCBs.