Printed Circuit Board Technology is Driving New Product Development
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Technology is a driving force behind a bevy of new electronic products that are revolutionizing the way we do things. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of these new products – and the role that PCB Assemblies play in them.
Development in circuit board assemblies has contributed significantly to the technological advancements evident in these new products – including their increasing complex designs, enhanced functionality, and improved reliability. PCB technology is being challenged to meet new design parameters and pressures– including:
- Size – electronic devices that do a lot of nifty things are getting smaller and smaller – requiring the PCB Assemblies within them to get smaller as well.
- Environmental Stresses – some of these new products must perform in stressful environmental conditions – as they are exposed to extremes of temperature and humidity. The associated PCB Assemblies must also be able to function reliably and optimally within these environmental conditions
- Power – many of these new products have significant ranges in the amount of power they require. While some run on small batteries, others run on more powerful energy sources. The PCB design must accommodate for these variable power sources and power ranges.
- Shape/Configurations – some of these new products have unique shapes that require the PCB’s ability to operate in different configurations than more traditional electronic devices.
The great news is that PCB designers and engineers have already created PCB Assemblies that can handle the stresses and challenges discussed above. Here are some of the new PCB-driven electronic devices that are delivering great results:
- Wearable Devices – ‘Wearables’ are small electronic devices that carry out a function or operation – such as the wildly popular FitBit, the nifty Apple Watch, the high-performing Galaxy Gear, fitness wristbands, and watches. These devices are in demand by consumers, and as a result, other companies are getting into the ‘Wearables’ game. PCB designers have stayed current, in terms of creating PCBs that work in ‘Wearables’. But as is always the case, consumers will soon be demanding that these devices do even more – and do so in even smaller sizes.
- Smartphones and Tablets – consider how Smartphones have changed over the past 5 years. Yes, exactly; they’ve gotten smaller and more powerful. The Smartphone market alone places greater demands on PCB manufacturers, who must deliver circuit board assemblies that can do more- and do more yet in smaller sizes. The challenges with Tablet technology is similar.
- Medical diagnostic equipment – this field is growing rapidly, as new, better and more powerful diagnostic tools are needed by the health care industry. Much of this equipment is driven by PCBs, which must keep up with the ever-changing demands placed on these devices.
- Solar Power – advances in solar power technology over the past 1-3 years have produced more efficient solar power systems. These newer devices capture solar power and convert it to usable energy through a series of connections, facilitated by PCB Assemblies.
As with all technologies, greater changes are forthcoming – meaning the demand placed on PCBs will increase in the future as well.
At ADCO Circuits, we are working diligently to stay ahead of the PCB curve – with our engineers and designers meeting current demands, but also looking ahead to changes that are coming in the future. We look forward to being a part of these awesome technological advances – that are making people’s lives better and enhancing their productivity.