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Guest Editor Dick Crowe and Nick Koop, Senior Application Engineer at TTM Technologies, discuss the latest revision of the flex/rigid-flex standard that is underway. The flex/rigid-flex circuit industry is booming and in many cases North America is the preferred area for manufacture. Nick also encourages those with an interest to participate in IPC subcommittee activities. Not only can your company's voice be heard, but it is a great learning experience.
Bob Burns, PRINTED CIRCUITS
One question that I hear fairly often, particularly after an initial quotation, is “Why is rigid-flex so expensive?” In this article, I’ll share with designers the cost drivers in rigid-flex relative to standard rigid boards and flex circuits with stiffeners. A typical rigid-flex PWB will cost about seven times the cost of the same design on a hard board, and two to three times an equivalent flex circuit with stiffeners.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
For our first issue of the Flex007 Magazine, we invited a group of flexible circuit experts to discuss their work in this rapidly growing segment. Participants included Jonathan Weldon of DuPont, Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies, and Scott McCurdy and Scott Miller of Freedom CAD. In a free-wheeling discussion with Andy Shaughnessy and Barry Matties, these technologists share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in flexible circuits, as well as what constitutes the cutting edge of flex right now.
Thy-An Tran, Pioneer Circuits Inc.
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