A hybrid PCB is a multilayer printed circuit board, which has dissimilar material for each layer. With the right combination of substrates, the reliability of hybrid PCBs increases many folds. In fact, different substrate materials which have different dielectric quotients, different coefficients of thermal expansion improve the electrical performance of the PCB. With its improved system reliability and optimized electrical performance, these boards are focused towards high-frequency RF applications.
materials utilized in the fabrication of hybrid pcb
Typically, a hybrid PCB could use a mix of FR-4 material with high frequency PTFE material.
PTFE material is a ceramic-filled plastics used for fabricating high-frequency PCBs. It is suitable for applications that require improved impedance control and low signal loss.
FR-4 is a commonly used material in the fabrication of a printed circuit board. Flame Retardant and low on costs, it is known for its electrical insulation & high dielectric strength. Additionally, it can also withstand moisture & a varying temperature range.
This material is known for its high chemical resistance as also its great electrical properties. Additionally, the material is lightweight and flexible. However, polyimide is more expensive when compared to PTFE & FR-4.
Often PTFE and FR-4 are utilized in designing hybrid PCBs. PTFE laminates work well for high-speed functions while FR-4 is preferred for low-speed applications. FR-4 can also be helpful in balancing the thickness issues for the layers of these laminates.
Challenges to consider when designing Hybrid PCBs
Some of the aspects to consider when designing hybrid PCB is to understand that each material has a different CTE value. This can have issues as when one laminate expands, the other may shrink. It is, therefore, important to ensure proper layer separation when fabricating multilayered hybrid PCBs. Another issue to be tackled includes delamination, for which knowing the period of delamination for materials is extremely important. Depending on the type of material, the adhesive system utilized for hybrid circuit board also varies.
It is important therefore to go with a company that has the necessary experience and expertise in designing and fabricating hybrid boards. At Technotronix, we offer you high-quality hybrid PCBs to meet your bespoke requirements.
capabilities in hybrid circuit boards
|Material Used||Teflon, Ceramic, FR4|
|Quality Standard||IPCB6012 Class 2 or Class 3|
|PCB Material Dielectric Constant||2.2-16|
|Layers||2 layers - Multilayer|
|Copper Thickness||0.5oz- 3oz|
|Surface Finishes||Silver, Gold, OSP|
Benefits of Hybrid Printed Circuit Boards
Hybrid PCBs offer a range of benefits including but not limited to:
- They offer the ability to combine RF & digital electronic designs on a single PCB.
- They lend themselves to miniaturization and help in the reduction of the overall electronics package size.
- They help reduce or eliminate cables and wiring harnesses.
- They are known for their improved electrical performance.
- They offer an additional thermal path.
- The use of FR4 eases assembly of components.
- It is known for its improved reliability.
- It is known for its cost-effectiveness.
Application of Hybrid PCBs
Hybrid PCBs are found in a range of digital electronic equipment such as:
Other Computing Components
In recent years, with the development of industries such as wireless communication, optical fiber communication, high-speed data network and smart vehicles, high frequency and high-speed signal processing is a must have.
Hybrid PCBs are therefore widely used in industries such as:
Military Radars, and more.
Technotronix advantage as a Hybrid PCB manufacturer
At Technotronix, we have more than 4 decades of experience in fabricating and assembling a wide variety of PCBs - from rigid, hybrid flex, rigid-flex and hybrid PCBs. We have state-of-the-art equipment as well as a team of experts who are way ahead of the curve. When you join hands with us you get access to a rich body of industry best practices that give you an edge.
You can count on us to offer quick turnaround time that significantly lower the time-to-market and give you a competitive edge. We are also fully equipped to offer prototype quantities as well as large production runs to take care of all your volume requirements.
All you need to do is to get in touch with our team and share your bespoke requirements. Our experienced team will share a custom quote and ensure that the PCB is fabricated to your exact needs.
All of this at the most cost-effective prices that ensure that your project is extremely competitive!