Cost and Price of a Flexible Circuit

In the right application, flexible circuits can reduce wires, eliminate connectors and rigid circuits. They might also simplify component assembly and reduce wiring errors. But competitive products such as rigid circuits, wires and connectors also have their place in...

Flexible Circuits vs. Printed Circuit Board

It is common for many designers and engineers to think of a flexible circuit as a printed circuit board (PCB) that can bend. While it is true that a flex circuit and PCB perform the same electrical function, the structural and mechanical differences are significant,...

Button Plating on a Flexible Circuit

Button plating describes a fabrication process widely used in the flex circuit industry to selectively electroplate copper to the vias and onto the pads capturing the vias. The rest of the copper traces do not have plating. Another industry term used to describe this...

Soldering Flexible Circuits

The most common methods for component attachment on flexible circuits and rigid printed circuit boards involve soldering. The basic principles for soldering are the same for both flex and hard board, but soldering components to flexible circuits involves certain...

How to Avoid Trace Fracturing on Flexible Circuits

Flexible circuits are ideal for applications that require bending and twisting. This flexibility gives designers options that are not available with the typical printed circuit board. This does not mean that a flexible copper trace will never crack, as like most...