What Is IPC-6013 and Why Is It Important for Rigid-Flex PCBs?

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To ensure the integrity of rigid-flex PCBs, it is necessary to inspect and test them following a standardized set of procedures. IPC-6013 is a key performance specification for both flexible and rigid-flexible circuits. This blog will discuss what IPC-6013 and IPC inspection standards are, and why they are important for these PCB types.  What is […]

FR4 Rigid Boards vs. Rigid-Flex Boards: What Are the Differences?

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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are a key component of many electronic devices and systems. They come in many variations, including in regard to design, material, and more to suit the requirements of different industrial applications. Among these variations are FR4-based boards, as well as rigid-flex PCBs. The following blog post overviews the differences between PCBs […]

Understanding the Rigid Flex PCB Prototyping Process

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Rigid flex printed circuit boards (PCBs) feature a hybrid circuit board design that combines the malleability of flexible circuits with the rigidity of hardboards. The resulting component is hard at some points and flexible at others, which allows it to be folded or flexed as needed to fit the electronic configuration.  Rigid flex PCBs are […]

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What is UL 94 V-0 Certification and Why is it Advantageous for Rigid Flex PCBs?

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Rigid-flex printed circuit boards (PCBs) combine ideal design elements of both rigid and flexible circuits into a single, versatile electronic package. Their hybrid design allows them to be folded or bent to fit confined or irregularly-shaped spaces while still maintaining rigidity in areas that require more support. Due to the mission-critical nature of the applications […]

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The History of PCBs

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With the expansion of computer technology and electronics into virtually every aspect of our lives, it is easy to dismiss or disregard the foundation which they are built upon: printed circuit boards, or PCBs. Although they have become ubiquitous in our daily activities, electronics and their components have only been around for about a century. […]

How to Reduce Rigid Flex PCB Costs

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Rigid flex printed circuit boards (PCBs) are highly versatile circuit boards that incorporate aspects of both hardboard and flexible circuits. They are typically composed of multiple layers of rigid circuit boards with layers of flexible circuitry buried within the hard boards. Although rigid flex PCBs come at a higher cost than rigid PCBs, they are […]

The Differences Between Rigid, Flex, and Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards

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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) connect electrical components together using discrete wiring, resulting in a complete and functional unit. PCBs can be as simple as one or two layers of copper circuits, but are far more likely to have many layers of circuitry. The layers are necessary for the designer to “route” all of the circuits between […]

How to Choose the Right Rigid Flex PCB Manufacturer

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How you package your electronic device is one of the more critical decisions you can make as a designer. There are times when a conventional hardboard is the best, most robust solution at the lowest possible cost. Then there are times when a flexible circuit will provide you with greater creative control in your design […]