Why PCB manufacturers choose RF and microwave PCBS for network applications?

RF and microwave PCB have been around for several years and are most commonly used in the electronics industry. They are very popular and are designed to operate on signals in the MHZ to gigahertz frequency range. These PCBS are ideal when it comes to networking and communications applications. There are many reasons why PCB manufacturers recommend RF and microwave boards for networking applications. Do you want to know what they are? This article discusses the same issue.


Overview of RF and microwave PCB

Typically, RF and microwave boards are designed for applications in the mid – to high-frequency range or higher than 100 MHz. These boards are difficult to design because of management difficulties ranging from signal sensitivity to managing thermal transfer characteristics. However, these difficulties do not diminish its importance. The use of materials with properties such as low dielectric constant, high coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and low loss Angle tangent helps simplify the construction process. PCB materials commonly used to construct RF and microwave PCBS are ceramic filled hydrocarbons, PTFE with woven or microglass fibers, FEP, LCP, Rogers RO laminates, high performance FR-4, etc.

Different advantages of RF and microwave PCBS

Rf and microwave PCBS offer many beneficial advantages. So let’s take a look at them all.

Materials with low CTE help PCB structures remain stable at high temperatures. Moreover, these materials make the multilayers easy to align.

Due to the use of low CTE materials, PCB engineers can easily align multiple plate layers into complex structures.

The assembly cost of RF and microwave PCBS can be reduced through the multi-layer stack structure. This structure also contributes to optimum PCB performance.

Stable Er and low loss tangent facilitate fast transmission of high frequency signals through these PCBS. Moreover, the impedance is low during this transmission.

PCB engineers can place fine-pitch components efficiently on the board, which helps achieve complex designs.

Therefore, these advantages make RF and microwave PCBS ideal for a variety of applications including wireless transmission and other computer networking systems.