Printed Circuit Board Assemblies | Driving New Innovations.
Printed Circuit Board Assemblies are integral components in a host of new, innovative products that are changing the way we do things.
Consider some of these innovations that require complex PCB designs and that contain advanced PCB assemblies as part of their internal workings:
Traffic Light Technology
For most of their history, traffic lights have functioned in pretty much the same way; light cycles are timed and set according to a set schedule that is based on the predicted traffic volume. In the past 30 years or so, PCB assemblies have been integrated into the design and operational capacity of most traffic lights used in North America. Using the latest PCB technology, traffic lights are now able to adjust their schedule based on traffic volume and flow.
New PCB assemblies are being designed that will allow traffic lights to communicate with vehicles that are in close proximity, such that cars and drivers will know when lights are about to change. This technology is expected to enhance driver safety, to save fuel, and to reduce pollution.
Automated Cars & Automated Driving
As automakers continue to move in the direction of making automated vehicles that are part of an automated driving scenario, PCB technology will be called upon to create PCB assemblies that can do more in terms of vehicle operations and automation. In order for automated driving to become a reality, it will become necessary for technology and equipment in cars to be standardized so that they can communicate with each other. This will require PCBs to be intricately involved in the design of newly automated vehicles.
In many ways, batteries are lagging behind other technology in terms of their capabilities and functionality. Anyone who has ever experienced a cell phone failure due to a low battery realizes that cell phone batteries lose their charge rather quickly. They also take a relatively long time to recharge up to full capacity. Other batteries – whether in vehicles, in appliances or in other electrical components – share the same common malady.
PCB technology is a driving force behind the move to improve overall battery efficiencies – to create batteries that are safer, more powerful, and more long-lasting.
Up to now, most electrical components have been made waterproof by improving the specialty casing in which the components are housed. This has protected some devices such as wristwatches and other wearables that are able to be submerged to a certain depth while still providing waterproof protection. Now, PCB designers are working on ways to make the PCB assemblies themselves waterproof without the use of specialty casing. These PCBs will be able to fully function underwater and/or in other water-based environments.
One application of waterproof PCBs will be cell phones that will be safe and operational even after being submerged in water. That’s right – no more fear of forgetting your cell phone in your pocket when you jump in the pool or of dropping your cell phone in the sink. The phone will work due to waterproof PCBs – not just from specialty casing.
These advanced methods of waterproofing will prove valuable for areas outside of consumer electronics and cell phones, including within the manufacturing, nautical and defense sectors.
These are just a few of the innovative products and area where we see PCBs having an impact in the immediate future. At ADCO Circuits, we work hard to stay ahead of the latest trends and developments in PCB technology and performance. This translates into us being able to provide innovative design services that meet the needs of our customers across many industries and within many sectors.