Anyone in technology knows that it is changing more rapidly than ever before. Every day our knowledge is doubling thanks to the internet. Information is literally at our fingertips and sharing this information is even easier. So it comes with everything else that our circuits evolve also. How are circuits evolving you ask? Great question you ask. Let us look at what the modern day circuits look like, the materials that make them possible and where we find these flexible circuits.
For the better part of computer history circuits have been flat. Circuit boards were just that, boards. They have always been flat and basic. Well ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the future of circuits. Many new rigid flex printed circuit boards are allowing us with the flexibility of breaking away from the 2-D plane. Using different flexible and rigid parts, these circuits are closing the gap in the spaces between electronics. Using these circuits, tech companies are now helping push the impossible.
One main advantage of these circuits is that they have the potential to replace several rigid circuit boards. As a primary space saver, the circuits can be made are a variety of different configurations. One may say the disadvantage is that flex circuits are more expensive. Well folks that is the cost of evolution! One must sacrifice cost for space. These bendable circuits make things possible only before done by Ethan Hunt. Mission possible anyone?
Flexible electronics allow the boards to fit a certain desired shape. Throughout the movement of the assembly these circuits may be able to flex also. This is a strong advantage with these circuits giving them a great deal of maneuverability. Flex circuits are created by mounting electronic devices on plastic substrates that have a little bit of wiggle to them. Some versions of flex circuits are made by shaving down the silicone substrate to gain more flexibility. Most of these circuits are made to connect electronic components like resistors and capacitors. If you are using a computer, flex circuits are most likely in the keyboard you are typing on. Also, most people do not know this, but in your vehicle flexible circuits are used in various ways like the instrument panel and the ABS systems. These circuits are everywhere and designs are only limited by your imagination. The Association Connecting Electronics Industries develops the standards directly with users of flexible circuits.
So you know now that circuits have left checkers and are now playing 3-D chess. These circuits have given engineers the ability to create new products, smaller and more efficient than ever before. The future is changing and these new rigid flex printed circuits are leading the way. These circuits are allowing us to take the computer that used to fit into a whole room, and be able to put that same thing in your hand. It will be interesting if see if these circuits stay in the three dimensional world. Hmmm?