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How Manufacturing Processes Can Impact Reliability in RF Circuits

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

When you consider the RF applications utilized in mission critical C5ISR environments, your contract manufacturer (CM) must comprehend the issues and challenges related to manufacturing processes in RF, but also have a deep understanding of the failure mechanisms that can cause defects.

RF design is inherently more complex than any other type of design. This is because of the unique issues that must be addressed due to the extremely high frequencies of operation for these applications.  For example, there are inherent challenges with power control, grounding structures, printed wiring board (PWB) stack-ups, laminate and surface finish selection, characteristic impedance control, signal path configurations, connectorization, pad geometries, solder mask, conformal coating, surface parasitics, exposure to harsh environments, fabrication effects, via sizing, component selection, and manufacturing process impacts.  These numerous issues must be well understood by your CM or the potential for failure is magnified. 

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Topics: electronics manufacture, PCB process, manufacturing, PCB assembly technology, PCB, electronics manufacturing

Electronic Design And Manufacture: Elegant, Precise

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Designing electronics, whether they will be used by consumers or within the confines of a factory or office space, all still need to uphold to the same kind of high quality practices. That means all of the parts and components used are of the highest quality, the building and testing is also of the highest quality, and finally when the electronics are ready to be used for daily use, they again need to be of a high quality that must meet certain standards. In order to have such precision and detail to the quality of the overall product, you need to be able to find a electronic design and manufacture company that only knows how to make the best
products.

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Topics: electronic design and manufacture, electronics manufacture