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Making Sense of Laminate Dielectric Properties
Keywords: Laminate and Prepreg , Electrical Properties, Electrical test Methods
System operating speeds continue to increase as a function of the consumer demand for such technologies as faster internet connectivity, video on demand, and mobile communications technology. As a result, new high performance PCB substrates have emerged to address signal integrity issues at higher operating frequencies. These are commonly called low Dk and/or low loss (Df) materials. The published “typical” values found on a product data sheet provide limited information, usually a single construction and resin content, and are derived from a wide range of test methods and test sample configurations. A printed circuit board designer or front end application engineer must be aware that making a design decision based on the limited information found on a product data sheet can lead to errors which can delay a product launch or increase the assembled PCB cost. The purpose of this paper is to highlight critical selection factors that go beyond a typical product data sheet and explain how these factors must be considered when selecting materials for high speed applications.
Rich Pangier , Director OEM Marketing
Isola
Inver Grove Heights, MN
USA


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