PCB Material Data Sheets

For all of our friends that feel just a little uncertain when material data sheets are discussed and words like dielectric constant, Tg and  coefficient of thermal expansion are thrown into the discussion, we have compiled a short cheat sheet just for you.

Dk – Dielectric Constant – The way the electrical signal moves through the material from front to back.
Dissipation Factor – Loss Tangent – How much the signal dissipates or “leaks” out of the substrate.  The higher the speed, the higher the losses.
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion – Thermal fractional change in material for unit change in temperature.
Resistivity:  How strongly the material resists a current.
Tensile Strength:  Relates to the rigidity of the material as well as the peel strength.  How far can the material be stretched before permanent damage occurs.
Dimensional Stability:  The tendency of material  to change in the x and y dimensions when copper is etched away from the dielectric material or when exposed to temperature extremes.
Tg – Glass Transition Temperature – Temperature that material exhibits a change in physical characteristics. The resin changes from rigid or hard to a soft, rubber like material.
Td  – Thermal Decomposition Temperature – Temperature at which the material weight changes by 5%.  This parameter determines the thermal survivability of the resin material.
As always, if you have questions or would like additional information, please contact us!
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