Your Valuable Ceramic PCB Manufacturer in China

PCBMay is a professional Ceramic PCB manufacturer in China.

We have been in the PCB industry for over 12 years.

Because of our long-term experience, we can provide many different types of Ceramic PCBs for all your projects.

PCBMay meets your different requirements for the ceramic circuit boards, because this ceramic material is very special.

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PCBMay: Your Trusted Ceramic PCB Supplier in China

  • Over 12 years ceramic PCB manufacturing experience
  • Files receive full CAM review prior to manufacturing
  • 100% E-test and AOI inspection
  • No minimum order quantity for your new order
  • 24h quick-turn service for your prototype rigid PCB
  • Provide WIP(work in process) report to you each week

Did you know that you may rely on us to create any form of Ceramic PCB you really want? We can also do it at a very reasonable cost.

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Ceramic PCB Series

Thick Film Ceramic PCB

Customers can choose between silver and gold palladium for gold-wire bonding with Thick Film Ceramic PCB. Meanwhile, conductor thickness on the PCB ranges from 10 to 20 microns.

High Temperature Ceramic PCB

Because there is no extra layer between the PCB core and the circuits, the ceramic PCB qualifies as a High Temperature Ceramic PCB at temperatures up to 350 degrees Celsius.

Rogers Ceramic PCB

We can do PCB assembly and design for you, using Rogers Ceramic PCB. For your multilayer board, we recommend Rogers RO4000. Customers working on prototypes may like it a great deal.

Low Temperature Ceramic PCB

In our production plant, we combine crystal glass with an adhesive component to create Low Temperature Ceramic PCB. As a result, this component has improved thermal performance for LED applications.

Satellite Ceramic PCB

This device can be used for both satellite wireless communication and mmWave applications. Because peel strength is required, industrial-grade laminates that has been thoroughly tested is chosen as PCB base.

RF Ceramic PCB

Materials used in RF PCBs are often a mix of PTFE, ceramics, and hydrocarbons. RF Ceramic PCBs are ones that have high quality micro-glass fibers. Used in conjunction with advanced PTFE laminates and prepregs.

Ceramic PCB By Layer & Shape (5)

  • Customized Ceramic PCB

    The most major advantage of the Customized Ceramic PCB is that it is designed specifically for your device. Customers buy this for a variety of special reasons related to their product or project.

  • Long Ceramic PCB

    LED goods are most usually associated with long ceramic PCB. Because LED lights are sometimes left on continuously throughout the day, these PCBs feature good heat management.

  • Multilayer Ceramic PCB

    Most Multilayer Ceramic PCB that use aluminum nitride can have thermal conductivity in the range of 140-180 W/mK. These are commonly made in even-numbered layers, such as 14 or 16 layers of circuit board.

  • 10 Layer Ceramic PCB

    The 10 Layer Ceramic PCB from PCBMay combines usefulness and efficiency. It’s a popular choice since it supports HDI design, which is used in power applications, displays, and other applications.

  • 16 Layer Ceramic PCB

    The 16 Layer Ceramic PCB has a wide range of applications. When it comes to PCB stack-ups, having this many layers is standard practice. Customers also request advanced materials for them.

Ceramic PCB By Materials (5)

  • Alumina Ceramic PCB

    Customers like Alumina Ceramic PCB as its dielectric material has superior thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity is valued because it is needed in HDI applications, such as those needed in e-commerce.

  • Silicon Nitride Ceramic PCB

    Even though AlN and Alumina is the material of choice, we also make Silicon Nitride Ceramic PCB. Compared to Metal Core PCBs, components can be more effectively placed in PCBs made with this material.

  • Silicon Carbide Ceramic PCB

    We manufacture Silicon Carbide Ceramic PCB because there is a demand for it. Silicon Carbide is the main one of the alternatives for Ceramic PCB material. It delivers superb heat transfer performance.

  • Boron Nitride Ceramic PCB

    Boron nitride, a substance with a heat conductivity of 600 Wm/k, is used in the Boron Nitride Ceramic PCB. This particular element is a desirable asset for compact components because of its high value.

  • Aluminum Nitride(AIN) Ceramic PCB

    When it comes to high-power LEDs, aluminum nitrate substrate is the dielectric of choice. This is also true when it comes to high-current switches and irregularly shaped devices.

Ceramic PCB By Types (5)

  • High Speed Ceramic PCB

    Device miniaturization necessitated the usage of high-speed PCBs. Customers have recently requested that ceramic material be employed, resulting in the production of High Speed Ceramic PCBs, which we capably manufacture.

  • High Frequency Ceramic PCB

    Interconnects used to require so many layers, but another solution proved to be a more cost-effective option. This is the High Frequency Ceramic PCB. We are capable of producing them since we are an experienced company.

  • High Power Ceramic PCB

    To construct a High Power Ceramic PCB, electronic designers and PCB engineers must rely on skilled circuit board makers, who properly put the PCB transistors, inductors, diodes, and other critical parts.

  • Heavy Copper Ceramic PCB

    The benefits of using a copper-clad ceramic-based substrate on a Ceramic PCB are several. The capacity to etch surfaces into diverse designs would be at the top of the list. It’s also a more environmentally friendly product.

  • BGA Ceramic PCB

    BGA-based products require exceptional thermal dissipation. As a result, a BGA Ceramic PCB is a sensible choice. You must keep the PCB core cool while it is in operation, to lessen risk of malfunction in the device.

Ceramic PCB Advantages

Fast Delivery Time
Fast Delivery Time
PCBMay can offer 24H or 48H quick-turn delivery time for your prototypes, we use the forwarders such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT, etc, which can meet your requirement.
Professional Team Work
Professional Team Work
PCBMay has one professional team from engineering, production, sales, and service support, who can support you in 7*24h, so just send your Gerber file & BOM list to us.
Cost Down
Cost Down
PCBMay can help you to put the cost down if you choose our service because PCBMay has one advanced auto production line, and there's not much labor cost.
Quality Control
Quality Control
PCBMay follows the IPC Class 2 or Class 3 quality control. There're IQC, IPQC, QPC, FQC, OQC, and provide high-quality products for customers.

PCBMay Ceramic PCB Properties

Any request for a customized ceramic PCB or multilayer PCB can be met. We have the necessary engineering expertise and personnel, as well as sufficient inventory.

Dielectric Material: Alumina, AlN, Aluminum Nitrate Substrate

Board thickness: 0.1mm-3.2mm

Copper thickness: 1 oz-100 oz

Solder mask: Typically white, but another color can be requested

Dielectric strength: 200 – 225 Volt/mils

Linear Coefficient of Thermal Expansion: 25-300 Celsius/ 25 to 700 Celsius

PCBMay Ceramic PCB Property
PCBMay Ceramic PCB Production

PCBMay Ceramic PCB Production

We can completely build a Customized Ceramic PCB for you if you already have a Gerber file. We design PCBs using industry standards and authentic PCB software.

Alternatively, we may design a PCB specifically for your needs utilizing ceramic materials such as AlN and alumina.

Our dedicated in-house team of engineers will be happy to assist you with any requests.

Additionally, you are free to contact us at any moment if you have any queries about our OEM and ODM services.

Highly Capable Ceramic PCB Manufacturer

We’re very happy to show you around our facilities for making Ceramic PCBs.

You can see for yourself  that our production process is second to none.

PCBMay attends PCB trade fairs on a regular basis to learn more about circuit boards. As a result, we are always aware of updates and modifications about Ceramic PCBs.

Call us right now to place an order for a Ceramic PCB.

Our PCBs perform better than the competition.

Highly Capable Ceramic PCB Manufacturer

Why Choose PCBMay for Your Ceramic PCB

Why Choose PCBMay for Your Ceramic PCB
Why Choose PCBMay for Your Ceramic PCB 2

As a professional ceramic PCB manufacturer in China, PCBMay offers different types of ceramic printed circuit boards to meet your demands. Many PCB designers or companies find ceramic PCBs have more advantages than traditional boards made of other materials. The advantages are higher operating temperature, lower expansion coefficient, and good thermal conductivities.

You may not know ceramic PCB very well, in fact, it is one type of metalcore PCBs(printed circuit boards). There are three basic substrates to produce ceramic printed circuit board, Aluminum Oxide PCB (Al2O3), Aluminum Nitride(AIN), and BeO.

Typically, most PCB manufacturers use Aluminum Oxide basic substrate to produce ceramic PCBs. Because it’s much cheaper than other both substrates.

There are many applications for ceramic printed circuit boards, including audio amplifiers, high power transistors, heating modules, LED boards, medical circuits, sensor modules, and high-frequency devices.

As an ISO 9001 and 14001 certificated company, PCBMay always puts quality first. We strictly follow up on your requirement and offer high-quality ceramic PCB for you.

When you have any PCB inquiries, please send them to us.

Ceramic PCB Fabrication

Ceramic PCB Manufacture

When it comes to launching Ceramic PCBs, we use modern production procedures that are industry standard.

For example, we can make your Ceramic PCB dreams come true using Direct Plated Copper (DPC) and Advanced Metal Brazing (AMB).

The product is UL approved in the United States and Canada since we are an ecologically responsible producer.

We pay special attention to RoHs directives for the EU market.

Our dedicated personnel treat you with respect. Inquire now!

Ceramic PCB Tests

Quality control is extremely important to us as a responsible PCB maker. With Ceramic PCB, quality control testing is needed indeed, as our clientele are very selective.

We will verify that our products are of the highest quality. It will not be delivered to your door if it does not meet our high standards.

We’ve perfected our PCB manufacturing process after more than 12 years in the competitive circuit board market.

As a result, among other established PCB testing methodologies, we use X-Ray Inspection, Thermal Shock Testing, and AOI Testing.

OEM & ODM Ceramic PCB Applications

Ceramic PCB for Wireless Applications

Ceramic PCBs are good for wireless applications because they have a low expansion coefficient or CTE, allowing transmitter power to be maximized.

Ceramic PCB for Computer Applications

Ceramic PCB for Computer Applications is designed to minimize the risks to computer users, since it is a lead-free material.

Ceramic PCB for Power Applications

Because of the effectiveness of ceramic and AlN materials with heat regulation, power applications are a favored use of Ceramic PCB.

Ceramic PCB for Commercial Applications

Ceramic PCB for Commercial Applications is suitable for a variety of applications, including those in the semiconductor sector. Ceramic-based prototype PCBs are also becoming wider-spread.

Ceramic PCB for RF & Microwave Applications

Microwave components benefit from high heat dissipation. Ceramic PBCs make our high-speed wireless connections work significantly faster than classic FR4 PCBs.

Ceramic PCB Production Details As Following Up

ItemCapability
Layer Count1-40layers
Base MaterialKBShengyiShengyiSF305FR408FR408HRIS410FR406GETEK370HRIT180ARogers4350BRogers4000PTFE Laminates(Rogers seriesTaconic seriesArlon seriesNelco series)Rogers/Taconic/Arlon/Nelco laminate with FR-4 material(including partial Ro4350B hybrid laminating with FR-4)
Board TypeBackplane、HDI、High multi-layer 、blind&buried PCB、Embedded Capacitance、Embedded resistance board 、Heavy copper power PCB、Backdrill.
Board Thickness0.2-5.0mm
Copper ThicknessMin. 1/2 OZ, Max. 10 OZ
PTH Wall25um(1mil)
Maximum Board Size1100*500mm(43”*19”)
Min laser drilling size4mil
Min. Spacing/Tracing2.7mil/2.7mil
Solder MaskGreen, Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow, Purple matte/glossy
Surface TreatmentFlash gold(electroplated gold)ENIGHard goldFlash goldHASL Lead-free OSPENEPIGSoft goldImmersion silverImmersion TinENIG+OSP, ENIG+Gold finger, Flash gold(electroplated gold)+Gold finger, Immersion silver+Gold finger, Immersion Tin+Gold finger.
Min. Annular Ring3mil
Aspect ratio10:1(HASL Lead-free HASL LeadENIGImmersion TinImmersion silverENEPIG);8:1(OSP)
Impedance control±5ohm(<50ohm), ±10%(≥50ohm)
Other TechniquesBlind/Buried Via
Gold Fingers
Press Fit
Via in Pad
Electrical Test

Here there’re many laminate material datasheets, they’re useful and helpful for you, please see them:

SUPPLIERPCB LAMINATETYPEMATERIAL DATASHEETTGTDDK(1MHZ)DK(1GHZ)DK(10GHZ)
KBKB-6160FR4DOWNLOAD1353054.35
KB-6160AFR4DOWNLOAD1353054.35
KB-6160CFR4DOWNLOAD1353144.7
KB-6150
KB-6150C
FR4DOWNLOAD1323054.6
KB-6164FR4DOWNLOAD1423304.8
KB-6164FFR4DOWNLOAD1453404.8
KB-6165FFR4DOWNLOAD1503464.8
KB-6167FFR4DOWNLOAD1703494.8
SHENGYIS1141FR4DOWNLOAD1353104.6
S1141KFFR4DOWNLOAD1403504.7
S1000FR4DOWNLOAD1553354.9
S1170FR4DOWNLOAD1703354.6
S1000-2FR4DOWNLOAD1703354.8
S1155FR4DOWNLOAD1353704.7
ITEQIT-158FR4DOWNLOAD1503404.6-4.8
IT-180FR4DOWNLOAD1803504.5-4.7
TUCTU-768FR4DOWNLOAD1803504.3-4.44.3
TU-872Modified EpoxyDOWNLOAD2003403.8-4.03.8
ROGERSRO 3003Cer/PTFEDOWNLOAD5003
RO 3010Cer/PTFEDOWNLOAD50010.2
RO 4003Hydrocarbon/CerDOWNLOAD>2804253.38
RO 4350BHydrocarbon/CerDOWNLOAD>2803903.48
RT/duroid 5880PTFE/GlassDOWNLOAD5002.2
ISOLAPolyclad 370HRFR4DOWNLOAD1703404.8-5.1
FR406-HRFR4DOWNLOAD1903253.913.863.81
FR408-HRFR4DOWNLOAD2003603.723.693.65
P96PolyimideDOWNLOAD2604163.783.73
HitachiMCL-BE- 67GModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD1403404.94.4
MCL-E-679FFR4DOWNLOAD1703504.2-4.44.3-4.5
MCL-LX-67YSpecial LaminateDOWNLOAD185-195325-3453.4-3.6
NelcoN4000-13Modified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403653.73.6
N4000-13EPModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403503.43.2
N4000-13SIModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403503.43.2
N4000-13EP SIModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403503.43.2
TaconicTLX-6PTFEDOWNLOAD2.65
TLX-7PTFEDOWNLOAD2.6
TLX-8PTFEDOWNLOAD2.55
TLX-9PTFEDOWNLOAD2.45
RF35PTFEDOWNLOAD<3153.53.5
TLC-27PTFEDOWNLOAD2.75
TLC-30PTFEDOWNLOAD3
TLC-32PTFEDOWNLOAD3.2
ArlonArlon 25NCerDOWNLOAD2603.38
Arlon 25FRCerDOWNLOAD2603.58
Arlon 33NPolymideDOWNLOAD>2503534
Arlon 35NPolymideDOWNLOAD>2503634.2
Arlon 85NPolymideDOWNLOAD2503874.2
StablcorST325DOWNLOADThermal conductivity:75w/m.k(with 1oz copper)
ST10DOWNLOADThermal conductivity:325w/m.k(with 1oz copper)
PanasonicR-1566WFR4DOWNLOAD1403304.954.74.65
VentecVT-901PolymideDOWNLOAD2503904.2-4.54.0-4.3
VT-90HPolymideDOWNLOAD2503904.2-4.54.0-4.3
Bergquistht-04503DOWNLOADThermal conductivity:2.2w/m.k(with 1oz copper)

Delivery

PCBMay offers flexible shipping methods for our customers, you may choose from one of the methods below.

1. DHL

DHL offers international express services in over 220 countries.
DHL partners with PCBMay and offers very competitive rates to customers of PCBMay.
It normally takes 3-7 business days for the package to be delivered around the world.

DHL Forwarder

2. UPS

UPS gets the facts and figures about the world’s largest package delivery company and one of the leading global providers of specialized transportation and logistics services.
It normally takes 3-7 business days to deliver a package to most of the addresses in the world.

UPS Forwarder

3. TNT

TNT has 56,000 employees in 61 countries.
It takes 4-9 business days to deliver the packages to the hands
of our customers.

TNT Forwarder

4. FedEx

FedEx offers delivery solutions for customers around the world.
It takes 4-7 business days to deliver the packages to the hands
of our customers.

Fedex Forwarder

5. Air, Sea/Air, and Sea

If your order is of large volume with PCBMay, you can also choose
to ship via air, sea/air combined, and sea when necessary.
Please contact your sales representative for shipping solutions.

Note: if you need others, please contact your sales representative for shipping solutions.

On our website you can use the following payment methods:

Telegraphic Transfer(TT): A telegraphic transfer (TT) is an electronic method of transferring funds utilized primarily for overseas wire transactions. It’s very convenient to transfer.

Bank/Wire transfer: To pay by wire transfer using your bank account, you need to visit your nearest bank branch with the wire transfer information. Your payment will be completed 3-5 business days after you have finished the money transfer.

Paypal: Pay easily, fast and secure with PayPal. many other credit and debit cards via PayPal.

Credit Card: You can pay with credit card: Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro.

    • “I was really pleased with the quick arrival, quality, and design. Unlike other Chinese vendors, who have communication issues, our salespeople are pleasant and sharp. HDI PCB prototype employing ceramic materials was quite appealing to me. Thank you for making my PCB experience more enjoyable. Really fantastic products, and I believe they would be ideal for developers as well. I’ve bought PCBs before that didn’t survive, but these PCBs are exceptional.”

      Cezary Zeilinski, Head Purchaser/ Buyer from Poland
    • “There aren’t enough words to describe how fantastic this firm is. Products, delivery, and customer service. What else is there to say? We discovered PCBMay while working on a project and, to be honest, we don’t spend a day without using their wonderful PCBs. We can vouch for their comfort and longevity. I have yet to come with a comparable firm. Guys, keep it up!

      Mikkel Obendorf, Layout Engineer for Automotive PCB from Germany
    • “This PCB I ordered is satisfactory in terms of price. It’s simple to put together, has a lot of functions, and doesn’t take up a lot of space. This product performs as expected. It’s also quite light and user-friendly. It appears to be a potential company with which to collaborate.”

      Lukas Steven, CAD/PCB Librarian & Layout Engineer from UK

    Ceramic PCB: The Ultimate FAQ Guide

    Comparatively, Ceramic PCB is a relatively new member of the electronic industry.

    But for its high precision, high density, and high reliability these days, it is a popular choice among electronic equipment manufacturers. As a leading printed circuit board manufacturer in China, we hear lots of questions from our clients worldwide.

    So, we have prepared this FAQ guide to help our clients to know everything related to ceramic PCB.

    What is Ceramic PCB?

    It is a type of printed circuit board that uses ceramic as its base material. Ceramics are highly thermally conductive material and transfer heat from hot areas effortlessly.

    Ceramic PCB

    Ceramic Printed Circuit Board

    They are built with LAM or rapid activation metallization technology.

    That technology makes the ceramic PCB even more versatile than other traditional PCB boards.

    What’s more, the construction process of ceramic board is less complicated and delivers enhanced performance.

    What Are the Types of Ceramic PCB?

    We can categorize Ceramic PCBs in two ways. According to layer numbers and thermal properties.

    Types of Ceramic PCB

    Types of Ceramic PCB

    According to Layers

    Single-Sided PCB

    In a single or one-sided PCB, one side of the board contains a conductive component. On the other side of the board, you will discover conductive wiring.

    As it comes with only one layer, it is the most straightforward kind of ceramic PCB, and you only can use this for the simplest devices.

    Two-Sided PCB

    As the name suggests, you will find two conductive layers in these types of ceramic PCBs. Here you can see the conductive layers mounted on every side of the PCB board.

    The additional layer allows the traces to go over one another. As a result, you can build a very dense circuit needlessly to solder them from one point to another.

    They are not as simple as one-sided ceramic boards, and you can use two-sided ceramic PCBs for many different applications.

    Multilayer PCB

    Multilayer PCBs have more than two layers, making them more versatile than other types of ceramic PCBs.

    You can use these PCBs in more complex applications.

    According to Thermal Properties

    High-Temperature

    As you can guess, these ceramic PCBs are designed to handle those applications that generate high temperature, and that’s why they are called HTCC or High-Temperature Co-fired Ceramic.

    It is made of raw ceramics with mixing adhesive, solvent, lubricant, plasticizer, and aluminum oxide.

    Low-Temperature

    Manufacturers use a highly conductive gold paste sheet metal and combine crystal glass with adhesive substrates. Then they cut the board and laminate.

    Then they heat the board at about 900 degrees C.

    Low Thermal Co-fired Ceramic or LTCC come with superior thermal conductivity and mechanical intensity than HTCC.

    Thick Film Ceramic PCB

    In this type of ceramic PCB, the conductor layer’s thickness is between 10 microns to 13 microns.

    You will find thick film gold and alternative dielectric paste on the ceramic PCBs board’s surface.

    Thick film ceramics are heated at 1000 degrees C, which is ideal for large-scale fabrication. But as gold is highly-priced, most manufacturers avoid large-scale fabrication.

    Manufacturers also use nitrogen gas in the backing process to safeguard the ceramic PCB from oxidation. This is a crucial advantage that thick ceramic PCB provides over traditional PCBs.

    What Are Ceramic PCBs Properties?

    Standard PCB boards are built with FR4, polystyrene, etc. But ceramic PCB is made with other materials that add unique properties to this board. Some of them are:

    • They are excellent thermal conductors.
    • Chemicals can not erode the ceramic PCB quickly.
    • They come with superior mechanical intensity.
    • You can execute high-density tracing quickly on ceramic PCBs.
    • They have very CTA element compatibility.
    • They safeguard the copper from oxidation.
    What Advantages Does Ceramic PCB Have?

    Ceramic PCBs provide many advantages over standard PCBs. Some of the benefits are:

    High Thermal Expansion

    They have a high thermal coefficient expansion, and for this reason, they are widely used in the electronic industry.

    Ceramic PCB’s thermal conductivity can be compared to silicon, but they are not as conductive as metals.

    Moreover, ceramics can act as an excellent isolator for a brief amount of time.

    As a result, ceramic PCBs can produce optimum conductivity even under a high-temperature situation. This is why ceramic PCBs can be used on many devices.

    Ceramic PCB Advantages

    Ceramic PCB Advantages

    Stability

    Ceramic PCBs have a steady dielectric property that comes from the ceramic.

    This dielectric property can switch into a bit of radiofrequency loss, which is a big reason for the increasing use of ceramic PCBs.

    Furthermore, ceramic PCBs are naturally protective against many chemicals, adding an additional toughness to the board. How?

    As they are resistant to chemicals, they are protective against solvents, daily moisture, and other consumables.

    Versatility

    Ceramic PCBs can operate in multiple devices with various temperatures. You can use it for devices that produce high temperature and also low temperature.

    Moreover, ceramic PCBs can distribute heat to the different parts of a device using its excellent thermal conductivity.

    Durability

    With ceramic PCBs, you don’t have to worry about daily wear and tear. The fabrication process of ceramic printed circuit boars makes them durable and come with slow aging chemical properties.

    Therefore, you don’t have to replace the PCB board any time soon. Moreover, its high thermal resistance allows a delayed decomposition process which significantly increases the lifespan of ceramic PCBs.

    Adaptability

    This is the most prominent advantage of ceramic PCBs. Manufacturers engineer metal cores in ceramic PCBs.

    As a result, these PCBs provide mechanical stiffness, which makes them easy to use between solids and fluids. Therefore, metal core PCBs are highly adaptable, and you can use them for various industrial applications.

    What Are the Disadvantages of Ceramic PCB?

    Every PCB has its advantages and disadvantages. Though ceramic PCBs come with many benefits, they also have some drawbacks. Some of the disadvantages that ceramic PCBs have are:

    Expensive

    We can not say it is an overall disadvantage actually, but for some industries, it can be a disadvantage. The manufacturing process involves many operations, which increases the price. Moreover, the materials that are used in ceramic PCBs also increase their price.

    Fragility

    This is a crucial problem that you have to face with ceramic PCBs. For this property, the size of the PCB boards is limited.

    Why Should You Use Ceramic PCB?

    The reasons for the growing popularity of ceramic PCBs are as follows:

    ● Operating Temperature

    You can use them for your devices that run under tremendously high temperatures. That is why ceramic PCBs are different from standard PCB boards, which fail to operate when exposed to very high temperatures.

    Want to know the amount of temperature that a ceramic printed circuit board can handle? Well, if your device produces 350 degrees Celsius, the ceramic PCB will tackle it quite comfortably.

    Why Ceramic PCB

    Why Ceramic PCB

    ● Expansion Coefficient Is Low

    The thermal coefficient is crucial as a higher coefficient can distort the device. As ceramic PCBs have a lower expansion coefficient, they pose less risk of device distortion.

    Covalent materials such as carbide, silicon nitride, diamond, etc., establish stronger bonds resulting in a lower expansion coefficient.

    ● Excellent Thermal Properties

    Ceramic PCBs can conduct heat with excellent efficiency. Moreover, ceramic PCB boards have high thermal consistency, which is a vital electrical property to have in your devices.

    ● High Modulus

    Devices working under fluctuating temperatures can work more efficiently because of this feature of ceramic PCB.

    ● Mighty High-frequency Performance

    You can get excellent high-frequency performance from ceramic PCBs. For determining the bandwidth and impedance of the transmission path, this is an essential factor. Ceramic PCBs can enhance the frequency performance with their dielectric material because they are limited.

    ● Cost-effective

    The materials you can use in ceramic PCBs reduce the need for tests and insertions, which is mandatory for other circuit boards. Compared to other PCB boards, they need a shorter assembly process.

    ● Small Package

    Ceramic PCBs can include a large number of circuits in a tiny space. Therefore, compared to other PCBs, you can manufacture your ceramic PCBs in smaller packages. This also fastens the integration process.

    ● Zero Water Absorption

    With zero percent water absorption, you can make airtight packages with ceramic PCBs.

    How Can You Improve Thermal Management in a Metal Core PCB?

    Here are some tips on how you can improve thermal management in a metal core PCB:

    • Construction or design: it’s better to separate signal conductors and high power. Enlarge the copper thickness and use additional thermal vias.
    • Heavy Copper PCBs: Copper has an excellent thermal conductor. Heavy coppers like 10oz, 20oz, 30oz enhance heat dissipation.
    • Aluminum-Based PCB: The thermal conductivity of aluminum base PCB is 1W/m·K to 3 W/m·K. Aluminum can disseminate heat pretty quickly.
    • Copper-Based PCB: Copper has more thermal conductivity than aluminum ranges from 4W/m·K to 7W/m·K. This base disseminates heat much more efficiently than aluminum-based PCB.
    Why Are Ceramic PCBs Better for Multilayer Boards?

    Ceramic PCBs come with higher capacity than standard PCBs, which is their key selling point. You can use more components in the same circuit area in a ceramic PCB than a conventional standard PCB. Therefore, the number of potential applications is higher when you use ceramic PCB for multilayer boards.

    Which Industries Use Ceramic PCB?

    Those industries that need good heat resistance with higher frequency connections always prompt ceramic PCBs. Industries that use plenty of ceramic PCBs are:

    • Automotive
    • Aerospace
    • Heavy machinery
    • Medical devices
    • Electronics

    Ceramic PCB subtrate for automotive

    Ceramic PCB substrate for automotive

    Many other industries also use ceramic PCBs depending on the design and the requirements of the circuit board.

    How Should You Design a Ceramic PCB?

    They are different from standard FR4 PCBs. So, you have to follow a different procedure to design a ceramic PCB. Here are the steps to design:

    Alumina ceramic PCB

    Alumina ceramic PCB

    Step 1: First, you have to source conductor materials. Usually, they are copper between 0.1 mm -0.3mm thickness.

    Step 2 – Make sure you follow the recommended thickness for copper against width and trace space. For example, the width and trace space have to be.3mm if the copper thickness is .1mm, while the copper thickness is .2mm, you will need .4mm width and space.

    Step 3 – You should make sure that you have ample working area. 126 x 176 mm. is recommended.

    You will find two primary substrates for ceramic PCBs. They are AIN and AI203. And the substrate’s thickness should be .25mm. You can also design for higher thicknesses such as .38,.50,.63,.76 mm. You can design the thickness to 1.0mm for AI203 and 1.27 for AIN.

    Step 4 – Now that you have achieved the substrate thickness, make sure to leave a .3mm margin between the board’s edge and the trace. You should do it on every side at a .1mm interval of the copper thickness.

    For .2mm copper thickness, you should leave a .4mm margin and .5mm margin for .3mm copper thickness.

    Step 5: You have nearly designed the ceramic PCB. Now it’s time to conduct the surface finishing procedure. You should use Nickel for the surface finish. Aug-plating is another option that you can use.

    Making mistakes in PCB design? Watch the video to resolve

    How Can You Manufacture Ceramic PCBs?

    Let us inform you of the manufacturing process of ceramic PCB. Here is how it is done:

    The Design

    The manufacturing process starts with the design for the ceramic PCB you want to manufacture. You can use PCB design software such as AutoDesk to design your ceramic PCB. You can also use a trace width calculator, which comes with your PCB board’s inner and outer layer details.

    Printing the Design

    After completing the design, it’s time to print it, and you can use a plotted printer to print your design. This will create the print with the details of each layer.

    Components of ceramic PCB

     Components of ceramic PCB

    Substrate Creation

    Semi-cure the substrate through an oven. This process will pre-bond copper to the layer of both sides. You can etch it later to let out the design of the PCB.

    Printing Of Inner Layers

    Use a photosensitive film produced from photoreactive chemicals and mount. After exposing it to ultraviolet light, it will harden. After finishing the process, the blueprints become aligned to the board’s actual part.

    Ultraviolet Light

    You have to take the board past ultraviolet light after you have completed aligning the resist part. This will harden the photoresist.

    Use alkaline to wash the board, and that will remove any unnecessary copper and leave the photoresist intact.

    Layer-up and Bond

    At this stage, the layers are ready for their fusion. The substrate is usually joined to the outer layer. You will have to use two steps in this process: layering and bonding.

    Materials of the outer layer include substrates surrounded by thin aluminum foil on both sides. There is also copper tracing in the substrate.

    Now to bond the layers together using a heavy steel table and metal clamps.

    Then securely fit the layers into pins on the table. Make sure you include them perfectly so that they don’t shift during alignment.

    After placing the layers on the table, you can add a prepreg layer on the alignment resin. Before you place the copper sheet, adjust the substrate layer onto the prepreg.

    To complete the stack, use a copper press and aluminum foil. The next step is pressing.

    Drill

    Now you can drill holes into the board. The drilled holes must be of a hair width. Identify the target spots with an x-ray locator. You should use buffer material under the board while drilling for a clean bore. Computer-aided drilling machines are lightning-fast, but you should take care of every hole very carefully.

    Copper Deposition And Plating

    This is the step where you can fuse multiple layers. After cleaning the panel thoroughly, go through several chemical baths to proceed with the washing.

    The chemical deposition procedure will place copper on the panel’s surface. Usually, it is very thin (1 micron). The copper will enter into the holes you drilled earlier.

    Imaging Outer Layer

    You will have to apply the photoresist panel again in this step.

    Pass the panel into a yellow room. That light doesn’t have UV levels to affect the photoresist.

    After the stencil and the panel contact each other, a high UV light will blast them.

    To remove the unhardened resist, you must use a machine and pass the panel through it. Here you will also take over the inner layer.

    Now remove all the unnecessary photoresists and observe the outer layer.

    Plating

    Use your plating room again and use a tiny copper layer to electroplate the panel. The exposed panel in the photoresist stage of the outer layer will get copper electroplating.

    Now it’s time to perform tin plating over the panel. This will remove all copper remains.

    Final Etching

    You have to use some chemical solutions to eliminate unwanted copper from below the resist layer and keep only the necessary copper. Tin will safeguard the essential copper in this step. In this stage, you establish the connections and conducting areas.

    Solder Mask Application

    You should clean the board properly before applying the solder mask application. Expose it to the ultraviolet light after covering it with epoxy solder mask ink.

    Complete the solder mask process. The ink-covered portion will remain unhardened, and you can remove it to remove the solder mask using an oven.

    Surface Finish

    You can chemically plate the ceramic PCB board with either silver or gold. Manufacturers prefer silver as gold will increase the manufacturing cost.

    Silkscreen

    You are almost done with your ceramic PCB board. Pass it for the last coating and curing.

    Electrical Test

    Testing will confirm that everything is working fine and you have got the board just as you designed.

    Profiling and V-Scoring

    Cut the different boards from the manufactured panel. You can use a v-groove or router to complete the cutting process.

    What Are the Precautions Used in the Ceramic PCB Fabrication Process?

    Below are the precautions used during the ceramic PCB fabrication process:

    Lighting

    The fabrication process of ceramic PCB is complicated; therefore, you should place proper lighting in the working area to work with utmost efficiency.

    Pins and Forks

    Always use proper sized forks and pins because you have to deal with various small components. This will ensure that no components get damaged.

    PCB material

    PCB material

    Safety Gear

    Always wear appropriate safety gear to be well protected in the whole process.

    Wear goggles to protect your eyes from flying particles in the fabrication process. And don’t forget to wear hand gloves to protect your hand from damaging chemicals and acids. Besides, the gloves will also help you to grip firmly.

    Check Connections

    Ensure all the power sources are working perfectly. You should check if there are any voltage compatibility issues. This is IMPORTANT because any failure here can cause a short circuit and, as a result, produce electric shocks.

    Components installation

    You should also check the installation and connections because any loose connection or faulty installation can lead to a short circuit and produce electric shock.

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    What Are the Steps Used in Ceramic PCB Prototyping?

    Prototyping is the pre-step of the actual assembly of your ceramic prototyping. Here are the steps of ceramic PCB prototyping:

    Stenciling Solder Paste

    Apply solder paste over the board after mixing the flux and paste. This process will bond the surface over the board.

    Stenciling will curve out the designed points, and then you will apply the solder paste.

    Pick and Place

    Fix the surface mount components using a pick and place machine. The device will allow you to place the components on the exact location of the design.

    Reflow Soldering

    Now put the boar in the reflow oven and pass so that the solder paste melts perfectly. First, apply heat and then reduce the temperature so that the molten solder solidifies. For a two-sided ceramic PCB, you have to proceed with reflow for every side.

    Quality Control and Inspection

    Inspection will find any error on the board. You should expose any flaw at the early stage.

    You can pick from various inspection methods such as automatic optical inspection, manual examination, x-ray inspection, etc.

    Through-Hole Components

    If the design has through-hole components provision now, you can insert them. Solder the components with a wave soldering technique. You might have to use manual soldering for specific components. For both sides, soldering takes extra precautions for the second part to avoid any damage to the board.

    Functionality Test

    After finishing all processes, run a functionalities test to detect problems and resolve if you find any.

    Why Is Metal Core PCB Ideal for the LED Industry?

    LED industry use metal core PCBs for various applications because:

    • For their stability, they are best for high-density applications.
    • They are more efficient in dissipating thermal heat compared to FR4 PCB.
    • They are not vulnerable to heat distortion.
    What Is the Assembly Process of Ceramic PCB?

    Here are the steps of the assembly process of ceramic PCB board:

    • Use a computerized design system to check the layout so that you can identify any overlooked malfunction.
    • Before starting SMT assembly verify all the incoming boards such as model number, BOM list quantities, etc.
    • Use solder paste before attaching the components to the board.
    • Utilize a pick and place machine to place every surface component on the board,
    • Pass them into the reflow machines to melt and solidify the soldering paste.
    • Run several inspections and quality checks before final production.
    How To Test Ceramic PCB Assembly?

    Testing is crucial before using the final ceramic PCB. You can test a PCB in multiple ways.

    Ceramic PCB substrate

    Ceramic PCB substrate

    Visually inspecting Solder Paste.

    This is the best method of inspecting solder paste. You will get the following benefits from visual inspection:

    • It reduces the time and cost if you need any rework of the board.
    • The methods begin with solder applications.
    • You will be 100% sure that the components are correctly reflowed.
    • Minimizes wastages.
    • This will prevent you from passing PCBs with solder badges.
    • This process identifies fragile joints and open circuits that can create failure.

    Reflow Inspection in Both Pre and Post Stage

    The reflow actions are mandatory in both stages.

    With the pre-reflow inspection, you can identify placement errors and correct them quickly. This step will help you to avoid the same mistakes twice at the early stage.

    On the contrary, post-reflow inspection is the process of inspecting all the SMT feeders.

    Which Materials Can You Use in Ceramic PCB Boards?

    When you are searching for high thermal conductivity, you should pick aluminum nitride boards as they provide higher than 150 w/mK.

    But as aluminum nitride boards are expansive, you can also use aluminum oxide boards, and they provide 18-36 w/mK.

    You will get better thermal performance from both boards than metal core PCBs.

    Some other options are beryllium oxide, silicon carbide, and boron nitride.

    Also, you can use silver or gold to shield exposed pads.

    How Can You Further Increase the Thermal Conductivity of Ceramic PCB Boards?

    Silver covered with glass protection for the printing traces can increase the thermal conductivity up to 406 W/mK.

    How Can You Find the Best Ceramic PCB Manufacturer in China?

    You should consider many things before picking the best ceramic PCB manufacturer in China. Such as:

    • How experienced and professional they are.
    • The turnaround time must fit your plan.
    • Fair pricing policy compared to other manufacturers.
    • They must build both the prototype and the actual PCB
    • Must follow the proper packaging process
    • Able to ship your PCBs safely.
    Conclusion

    Ceramic PCBs have some significant benefits over other PCBs because of the base material they use.

    Because ceramic PCBs are more efficient than other PCBs, you have to pick the best substrate and an experienced PCB manufacturer.

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