Advanced Circuits, Inc. (ACI)

As experts in the manufacture and assembly of printed circuit boards, we work to make our blog a helpful resource on PCB topics and the industries that we work with, including automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace and many more. Here you'll find insights into PCB design, tech trends, assembly issues, and trending topics in the general news media as they relate to printed circuit board technology.

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Custom PCB Fabrication

From simple prototypes to the most advanced of electronics require a custom PCB to be designed and fabricated.  Advanced Circuits’ broad range of custom PCB manufacturing capabilities can meet the design requirements for all of your custom PCB fabrication projects for both prototyping and production quantities.  Our custom PCB manufacturing capabilities to support circuit board designs with demanding requirements include: laser-drilled microvias, cavity boards, heavy copper up to 20 oz., via-in-pad, microwave & RF boards, up to 40 layers and others.  To see our complete list of capabilities, click here.

Laminate Materials for Custom Printed Circuit Boards

Many different types of laminate materials are designed to properly meet the provisions of a custom PCB.  Your choice of laminate material to use for your custom PCB will depend on your design and application requirements.  Advanced Circuits offers laminate materials suitable for applications such as: High power amplifiers, Radar systems, Mobile communications, Complex microwave, High speed digital RF components and more.

Advanced laminate material options that may be used in the production of a custom PCB include:

  • RF Materials
  • RoHS Compliant Laminates
  • Advanced RF Materials
  • Halogen-Free
  • Advanced Signal Integrity
  • Advanced HDI Laminates

Custom PCB Plating Finish Options

A plating finish is comprised of precise amounts of metal placed over the uncovered outer copper and plated thru holes. Design engineers have the ability to precisely indicate and lay out the surface finish, solder joint integrity, shelf life, and compliance of the product. The following are PCB plating finish options available for your custom PCB:

  • Leaded & lead-free (hasl)
  • Electroless nickel immersion gold (enig)
  • Electrolytic nickel & hard gold plating
  • Electroless nickel electroless palladium immersion gold (enepig)
  • Immersion silver & immersion tin
  • Tin nickel & fused tin lead
  • Electroless nickel
  • Bondable gold

Additional Custom PCB Features

For more advanced custom PCB designs, Advanced Circuits offers custom elements and features. Working with the right PCB manufacturer is crucial to the accurate execution of your custom PCB with advanced features. The following are additional design features for custom printed circuit boards:

  • Controlled Dielectric
  • Controlled Impedance
  • Plated Slots
  • Plated Edges
  • Counterbores
  • Countersinks
  • Castellated Holes
  • Etchback
  • Edge Mill
  • Controlled Depth Drilling
  • Tetra Etch

Industry Certifications for Custom Printed Circuit Boards

Advanced Circuits has the industry certifications and qualifications to meet demanding requirements for your custom PCB requirements.  Our PCBs meet IPC-A600 Class 2 requirements trusted for dedicated service electronics that require high performance & extended life. Additionally, Advanced Certifications for Mil/Aero, Medical, and Commercial applications are also available with our Custom Spec option.  Advanced Circuits is MIL-PRF-31032, MIL-PRF-55110, AS9100D, ISO 9001 Certified, IPC 6012 3/3A, IPC 6018 Class 3 Qualified, and ITAR Registered as well as being DOD contracts ready.


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