Rigid flex PCB is the combination of the flexible circuit board and the rigid circuit board. After pressing and other processes, they are combined according to relevant process requirements to form a circuit board with FPC characteristics and PCB characteristics. It can be used in some products with special requirements. It has both a certain flexible area and a certain rigid area. It is very helpful to save the internal space of the product, reduce the volume of the finished product, and improve the performance of the product. Therefore, the rigid flex PCB is mainly used in consumer electronic products, and the market scale has further increased.
Smart glasses, which can complete functions such as adding schedules, map navigation, interacting with friends, taking photos and videos, and launching video calls through voice or action, will become a mobile product like a smartphone. The smartwatch can check the individual situation in real-time and give corresponding suggested measures. Smart clothing can not only read the human heartbeat, body temperature, and respiratory rate but will also be interconnected with smart homes and smart medical care, allowing individuals to move in the most suitable environment. Smart jewellery will be an innovation that “technology changes fashion”. It uses the reproducibility of materials to change the shape and color of jewellery at will, so that jewellery is not repetitive every day.
All kinds of wearable electronics have sprung up, leading a new round of growth in the consumer electronics market. Data shows that the wearable market will show significant growth from 2016 to 2020. By 2021, the global shipment of wearable devices will reach 252.3 million units. The wearable device market has huge potential. Wearable electronics continue to heat up, directly boosting the growth of the rigid flex PCB market.
Although the rigid flex board is sought after by global manufacturers, it is not a simple matter to reap the fruits of its victory. The main reason is that the production process is numerous, the production is difficult, the yield rate is low, and the input materials and manpower are more. Therefore, the price is relatively expensive and the production cycle is relatively long. For domestic circuit board manufacturers, the rigid flex PCB will become another new blue ocean after HDI and FPC.
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