Advanced Circuits, Inc. (ACI)

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PCB Manufacturing for Prototyping & Production Runs with Advanced Circuits

Advanced Circuits is the best choice for all your PCB manufacturing needs, especially for demanding requirements that call for advanced precision and expanded capabilities.  PCB manufacturing for both production runs and small quantity prototyping with Advanced Circuits’ broad range of services, such as quickturn expedite options, free PCB design tools, and in-house PCB assembly, make for a smooth and worry-free process.

Advanced Circuits’ three manufacturing facilities have the capabilities and advanced industry certifications to handle PCB fabrication of many different types of circuit boards; including PCBs for military/aerospace, medical, and commercial applications.

Below, we list common types of PCBs manufactured for various applications. For a complete list of Advanced Circuits’ PCB manufacturing capabilities, click here [PDF].

Common Types of PCBs

●    Single Layer PCB

A single layer PCB can also be referred to as a single-sided board. These boards possess a conductor pattern on one side only and may have non-conductive components on the opposite side of the board. The board is comprised of merely one layer of a conductive metal layer (usually copper), finishing with a shielding solder cover called Solder Mask. These single layer PCBs are most commonly found in more simple electronics.

●    Double Layer PCB

Also known as double-sided boards, these PCBs possess two conductive copper sides on opposite sides of a non-conductive substrate. The two sides may be connected to each other by small plated thru holes known as vias that let signals pass through from one conductive side of the board, through the non-conductive substrate, to the other side.

●    Multi-Layer PCB

Three or more conductive layers in a PCB is commonly called a multi-layer PCB.  A multilayer board is fabricated by using epoxy resin, immense pressure and precision.  Materials used in the lamination process include: inner layer core, sheets of “prepreg” (woven glass cloth with epoxy resin), and sheets of Cu foil.  Once cured, the resin will join the glass sheets, core, and foil together into the multilayer PCB panel.  Advanced Circuits is able to manufacture up to 40 layers boards.

●    High Frequency PCB

Each design of high frequency PCBs differs from the next. These boards were designed and created to carry electronic signals comprised of over 5 Gigahertz and require advanced PCB laminate materials for optimum performance.  High frequency PCBs found in high-speed electronics and advanced technology communication products.  Advanced Circuits works with top PCB laminate providers to bring you a wide range of material options such as high-frequency ceramic filled laminates, and other suitable materials for high frequency applications.

●    High Density Interconnect (HDI) PCB

HDI PCB manufacturing requires an advanced level of technical expertise and the latest state-of-the-art equipment for exacting precision.  Fitting more technology in less space through miniaturization, multiple conductive layers, advanced components, and lasered through-holes offer steady and rapid processing on a much smaller scale than its counterpart boards.  Advanced Circuits achieves high quality and precision with in-house laser drill capabilities that include precise depth control. Laser direct imaging (LDI) capabilities ensure exacting registration and all multilayer inner cores receive a thorough check using Automated Optical Inspection units for excellent defect detection of the finest features.

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