SMTA – PCB Fabrication Methodologies and Strategy for Embedding Passive and Active Components

June 18, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Instructor: Vern Solberg, Solberg Technologies

Member $200 / non-member $300

Although the printed circuit has traditionally served as the platform for mounting and interconnecting active and passive components on the outer surfaces, companies attempting to improve functionality and minimize space are now considering embedding a broad range of components within the circuit structure. Both uncased active and passive component elements are candidates for embedding but the decision to embed components within the multilayer circuit structure must be made early in the design process. Some components are easy candidates for integrating into the substrate while other may involve more complex processes and will be difficult to rationalize. Although a majority of the discrete passive and active devices may remain mounted on the outer surfaces of the multi-layer board, embedding one or more silicon based semiconductor elements within the inner layers of the structure will enable greater utilization of the circuit boards outer surfaces. Benefits can include improved performance, For example, by embedding the semiconductor on an inner layer of the circuit directly in line with a related semiconductor package mounted on the outer surface, the conductor interface can be minimized. The close coupling of semiconductor elements significantly reduces inductance and contributes to increasing signal speed.

Course objectives:
This course was developed to better enable the product designer and manufacturing specialist to have a clear understanding of the principles for electronic packaging by embedding components in an organic multilayer circuit board structure. The course will include design guidelines, material selection and termination methodology for embedding both ‘active and passive components including resistor, capacitor, inductor and discrete transistor elements. Process variations for embedding and interconnecting thinned semiconductor elements within the multi-layer PCB will be illustrated with examples of core type and coreless substrate structures.

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