Rigid Flex PCB

Your Trusted Rigid Flex PCB Manufacturer

Global Circuit Solutions Inc. and its trusted partners in the manufacturing of flexible and rigid-flex circuit boards and with decades of experience in the electronics industry, we have honed our expertise in creating high-quality, customized solutions for a diverse range of applications. Our state-of-the-art facilities and skilled team ensure that we can meet the most demanding requirements.

We take pride in delivering flexible and rigid-flex PCBs that offer outstanding performance, durability, and space-saving advantages, all backed by our commitment to precision and reliability. At GCS , we blend innovation and experience that meet the evolving needs of the electronics industry.

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Rigid Flex PCB

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Flex & Rigid Flex Capabilities

FEATURE Flex Rigid-flex
Min Layer Count 1 1
Max Layer Count 12 ≤ 16
Laminates Thinflex Polyimide, Isola, Iteq, Panasonic, Nelco, Hybrid Constructions. Thinflex Polyimide, Isola, Iteq, Panasonic, Nelco, Hybrid Constructions
Min Core thickness .001″ (.025 mm) .002″ (.051 mm)
Max Finished Copper Weight (I/L) 2 oz (59 ml) 3 oz (89 ml)
Max Finished Copper thickness (O/L) 12 micron (.012 mm) 9 micron (.009 mm) (only for O/L)
Max Panel Size 12×18 12×18
Smallest Mechanical Drill Diameter .0079″ (.201 mm) .0071″ (.180 mm)
Smallest Laser Drill Diameter No .005″ (.127 mm)
Min Finished Hole Size .006″ (.152 mm) .006″ (.152 mm)
Max through Hole Aspect Ratio 10:01 10:01
Max Blind Via Aspect Ratio .75:1 .75:1
Min Trace and Space ≥ .0035”(.089 mm) ≥ .0035”(.089 mm)(rigid)
Min Pad Size for Test .016″ (.406 mm) .005” (.127 mm) (rigid)
Stacked Vias No No
Min Wire Bond Pad Size > .006″ (.152 mm) > .006″ (.152 mm)
Controlled Impedance Tolerance 10% 5%
Solder Mask Registration Within .002″ (.051 mm) Within .002″ (.051 mm)
Solder Mask Feature Tolerance .001″ (.025 mm) .001″ (.025 mm)
Solder Mask Min Dam Size .004″ (.102 mm) .001″ (.025 mm)
Min Diameter Route Cutter Available .019″ (.483 mm) .024″ (.610 mm)
Mechanical Routed Part Size Tolerance .003″ (.076 mm) .010″ (.254 mm)
Bow and Twist Tolerance N/A As per spec
Thickness Tolerance +/- .002″ (.051 mm) 10%
Sequential Laminations N/A 2
Buried Vias Yes Yes
Blind Vias Yes Yes
Conductive Filled Vias No Yes
Electrical Test 10 Volt, 40 Volt, 250 Volt, 500 Volt 10 Volt, 40 Volt, 250 Volt, 500 Volt
Non Conductive Filled Vias No Yes
Routing/Fabrication Routed Array, V-Score, Countersink, Counterbore, Bevel, Milling, Edge Castellation, Edge Plating. Routed Array, V-Score, V-Score angles, Countersink, Counterbore, Bevel, Milling, Edge Castellation, Edge Plating.
Surface Finishes ENIG, Electrolytic Soft Gold, Electrolytic Hard Gold, Selective Gold. ENIG, LF HASL, OSP, Immersion Silver, Electrolytic Hard Gold, Selective Gold, Selective Gold.
Soldermask Colors Amber, Green Amber, Green, Black, Red, Blue,White, Clear, White.
Silkscreen Color White, Yellow, Black White, Yellow, Black
Industry Standards IPC 6012, Class 1, 2, 3 IPC 6012, Class 1, 2, 3

Flex & Rigid Flex Applications

Flex and rigid-flex circuit boards are highly versatile and find applications in various industries where flexibility, compactness, and reliability are crucial.

  • Consumer Electronics: Flex PCBs are used in devices like smartphones, digital cameras, and wearable technology, where space constraints and the need for flexibility are paramount.
  • Medical Devices: Flexible circuits are found in medical equipment such as catheters, pacemakers, and endoscopes, where the ability to conform to tight spaces is essential.
  • Automotive: In the automotive industry, flex PCBs are used in airbag systems, dashboard controls, and sensors, where they need to withstand vibrations and fit into tight spaces.
  • Aerospace and Defense: In aerospace and defense applications, flex circuits are used in radar systems, satellites, and missile guidance systems due to their lightweight and reliable performance.
  • Industrial and Manufacturing: Industrial equipment, including robotics and automated machinery, often use flex circuits for their compact design and ability to operate in harsh environments.
  • Wearable Technology: Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other wearable devices utilize flexible PCBs to conform to the shape of the wearer's body.
  • Audio Devices: High-end headphones and earphones may use flex PCBs in their drivers and circuitry for flexibility and lightweight construction.
  • Cameras: Compact digital cameras and high-quality DSLRs incorporate flex PCBs for interconnecting various components within a confined space.

Rigid-Flex Circuit Boards:

  • Mobile Devices: Rigid-flex PCBs are common in smartphones and tablets, as they offer the best of both worlds by combining the flexibility of a flex PCB with the structural stability of a rigid PCB.
  • Aerospace: In complex avionics systems, rigid-flex PCBs are used to save space, reduce weight, and maintain reliable connections in extreme conditions.
  • Medical Devices: Medical imaging equipment, like X-ray machines, and surgical devices, often rely on rigid-flex PCBs to ensure precision and durability.
  • Automotive: Rigid-flex PCBs are used in automotive control modules, infotainment systems, and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for their robustness and compact design.
  • Wearable Technology: Some wearable devices use rigid-flex PCBs to provide structural support and reliable connections while retaining flexibility in specific areas.
  • Communication Systems: Rigid-flex PCBs are employed in data centers, networking equipment, and telecommunications systems to achieve high signal integrity and reduce space requirements.
  • Drones and UAVs: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones often incorporate rigid-flex PCBs to save space and accommodate complex electronics.
  • Consumer Electronics: Compact and high-performance devices like laptops and gaming consoles use rigid-flex PCBs to optimize internal layout and enhance durability.

Both flex and rigid-flex PCBs offer unique advantages that make them suitable for specialized applications. Their ability to conform to complex shapes, reduce weight, and enhance reliability is a driving factor in their use across a wide range of industries.

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