PCBs have advanced and evolved far beyond their initial functionalities. The new-age PCBs are multi-layered, tinier, and extremely complex systems which bear no resemblance to their ancient versions.
FREMONT, CA: Everything about PCBs has changed, including the way they are manufactured. The modern, sophisticated software has made it possible to ensure that PCBs are manufactured in a much more efficient manner.
Interesting times are ahead for the PCB sector. As consumer and technology demands continue to grow, the PCBs are reeling under pressure to evolve further with a future-oriented approach.
Modern PCBs undergo high-end manufacturing process to result in products that are highly complex and comprising of advanced features. However, today’s highly complex scenario is demanding like never before, and consumers are continually pushing for different and innovative PCB functions. This makes it compulsory for introducing changes in the manufacturing process.
The Future Looks Promising
Presently, PCBs are in use as connecting components in the electronics sector. However, towards the future, they are all set to become an integral part of electronic devices.
There is a vast customer base for the PCB sector. However, at times, the highly competitive market and technological advancements often surface as roadblocks in the industry. It is interesting that many enterprises are looking forward to concentrating on giving PCB designs that are in sync with the demands of customers.
The immediate future of the highly multifaceted PCB industry appears to be interesting with more opportunities in aerospace/military, communications, automotive, industrial, consumer electronics, and computer peripherals. The chief development drivers for this industry are enhancing demand for PCBs in the communication sector, development with respect to connected devices, and progress concerning automotive electronics.
The Trends to Look For
As the PCB industry continues to evolve, the industry is witnessing an emergence of new trends. These trends are likely to influence electronics systems and products available for end-users and consumers within the near future. Furthermore, these trends are expected to drive the constant evolution of the PCB manufacturing technology in the imminent years.
High Power Boards of Over 48V
There is an ongoing interest in high-power PCBs. The high-power boards can be about 48V supplies. The high voltage levels are the direct response to the development in solar energy wherein panels characteristically function at 24V or 48V. In the case of electric vehicles (EV), the high voltage may reach up to hundreds. These high voltage boards need PCBs to mount bigger components, including battery packs besides being capable of dealing with interference concerns effectively.
Another trend that is finding traction will be the increased use of COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf components). Through the use of COTS components, the industry would be looking forward to facilitating a certain degree of standardization and dependability to the components featured in crucial space-based systems.
However, the increased degree of commercialization taking place within the industry may pave the way for reduced regulation within the PCB sector.
HDI or High-Density Interconnect
HDI was developed as a response to the increasing demand for tinier products equipped with greater capability, especially with respect to routing traces. This capability enables lesser layers within the PCB design and also promotes high-speed transmission.
Manufacture of an HDI is quite challenging with respect to fabricating traces, as an increased number of traces might have to be routed within a limited space. As a result, challenges such as interference among these traces may take place. The PCB sector will have to focus more on eliminating these challenges.
IoT and Flex PCBs
IoT is a multi-layered design strategy which requires faster communication between elements and layers. This is the key driving technology behind smart offices, remote monitoring, and controlling. To ensure the technology evolves further, the primary manufacturing challenge of meeting different regulations and standards which govern their development should be carried out.
Rigid-flex PCBs and Flex are continually evolving and gaining increased market share in the PCB development industry. The benefits of flex boards comprise of smaller size, enhanced capability, and higher dependability.