Rigid Flex PCB Design Rules Guaranteeing Reliable Products (2)

In-design inter-layer checks can reduce mistakes that may be presented throughout the design process, consisting of the following locations:.

– Mask-to-pad, metal-to-coverlay, coverlay-to-pad.
– Gap/overlap between mask layers.
– Edge-to-edge void in locations such as the bend line to the element, via-to-bend line, and stiffener-to-bend area.
– Bend line/area to stiffener, pin and via, element.- Gold mask-to-coverlay, stiffener adhesive-to-stiffener, and pin-to-coverlay.
– Minimum overlap, such as when 2 geometries overlay by a minimum or more (e.g., solder mask overlay into the transition zone).

Normal Rules for Compound Designs

Mechanical restrictions.

Rigid flex PCB drive additional policies when the flex circuit is folded up or curved inside an unit. Normally, the mechanical engineer provides the bend line, bend radius and bend location to the PCB designer. With modern-day EDMD (IDX) interface, this data can be automatically imported into the PCB design tools. These bend locations call for developers to:.

– Avoid putting pads also near to the bend location to stop peeling.
– Do not put vias or pins as well near stiffeners, to stay clear of shorting.
– Do not overlap bend areas with stiffeners, to prevent peeling.
– Stay clear of placing vias in bend areas to prevent fracturing the substrate gradually.

Mechanical designers specify the borders for areas– rigid, flex, rigid– where the number of layers and consequently densities are different in each zone. Nonetheless, they need additional information concerning layer frameworks and thickness for the areas, layers over top and below base to properly design the thickness of the last PCB assembly, and to execute accident checks before handing the design to PCB manufacturing. Instances of such layers consist of paste mask, coverlay, stiffeners, exterior copper, and various other materials that affect total elevation, density, and bend efficiency.

Inter-layer checks.

For sophisticated flex and rigid flex PCB designs, PCB designers need to stick to new design guidelines from the producers. These new layers and surface area finishes require detailed in-design inter-layer checks of nonconductive layers in rigid flex PCBs.With an accurate image, developers could perform more exact DRCs, obtain much better comments, and offer better data to the MCAD tool for fabrication. Not having these checks expands the design cycle. In-design inter-layer checks give a correct-by-construction technique that prevents unnecessary design iterations and, sometimes, costly prototype constructs. Devices giving a pictorial view of the stack-ups based on different substrates allow developers to visualize the layout stack-up intent as it is being specified.


Routing on flex circuitry usually calls for arcs within the routes. A lot of the geometry on the flex portion, consisting of board overview, teardrops and routing, calls for arcs and tapered shifts. Group routing features should lug a team of internet (bus) throughout the flex, while quickly locking to the contour of the flex/board outline. PCB developers obtain modifications each day; including an extra trace to a directed collection of nets need to not force rerouting of the whole bus. Transitions in line sizes require tapering and all pad/via entry/exits be tear-dropped to minimize tension at the solder joints. A lot of PCB design devices sustain push-and-shove routing, yet these capabilities now need to support push-and-shove with arcs in the traces.

As the intricacy of a flex or rigid flex PCB increases, the quantity of time a designer invests rises as a result of manual checks. Today’s CAD tools should provide a means for designers to leverage new PCB fabrication techniques without extending design time. The breadth and depth of in-design checks needs to cover 30 or more new flex and surface area finish layers. Customers must also have the ability to integrate their own layers for the device to examine, so they don’t need to wait for tool updates.