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WHAT IS 4 LAYER FLEX PCB ?

A 4 layer flex PCB is a type of PCB that consists of four conductive layers separated by insulating layers. It designed to be flexible, allowing it to bent, folded. or twisted to fit into various applications. where traditional rigid PCBs would not be suitable.

While a 4-layer flex PCB offers numerous advantages. it’s important to consider factors such as cost, complexity, and manufacturing feasibility. The decision to choose a 4-layer flex PCB based on the specific requirements . as well as a careful evaluation of trade-offs. and consultation with a professional PCB manufacturer or designer.

Focus on PCB fabrication Nearly 20 Years! GESFLEX FEATURED SERVICES FOR 4 LAYER FLEX PCB

  • More than 10 years of flexible PCB manufacturing experience;
  • Provide with 1-10 layer flexible circuit board fabrication service;
  • Comply with ISO9001 & IPC level 2 or 3 standards
  • Provide fast turn multilayer flexible PCB prototype services;
  • The thickness of the multilayer FPC is 0.05-2.5mm, and the copper thickness is 1/3oz-2oz;
  • Supply 7*24 hours of sales, technical, and after-sales service support.

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BENEFITS OF 4 LAYER FLEX PCB

Increased Design Flexibility

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The extra layers in a 4-layer flex PCB provide more routing options and space for components. This allows for more complex and densely packed circuit designs. accommodating a higher number of components and advanced functionality.

Improved Signal Integrity

4 LAYER FLEX PCB-Improved Signal Integrity

The extra layers in a 4-layer flex PCB help reduce signal crosstalk and EMI. With dedicated signal, power, and ground planes, signal integrity enhanced. resulting in better performance and reduced noise in high-speed and sensitive circuits.

Enhanced Power Distribution

4 LAYER FLEX Enhanced Power Distribution

A 4-layer flex PCB includes dedicated power & ground planes. This facilitates improved power distribution. reduces voltage drops to ensures stable power supply to components. And reduces the chances of signal degradation due to power-related issues.

EMI Shielding & Signal Isolation

4 LAYER FLEX PCB- EMI Shielding and Signal Isolation

The presence of multiple layers in a 4-layer flex PCB allows for better shielding. and isolation between different circuit sections. This helps minimize electromagnetic interference. improving the overall EMC of the PCB.

Better Thermal Management

4 LAYER FLEX PCB Better Thermal Management

The additional layers in a 4-layer flex PCB utilized for thermal management purposes. They enable the integration of heat dissipation structures. such as copper pours or additional heat sinks. improving the PCB’s ability to dissipate heat and maintain lower operating temperatures.

Compact Form Factor

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The increased design flexibility and component density of a 4-layer flex PCB allow for a more compact form factor. This is particularly helpful when space limited. or when the PCB needs to fit into small or irregularly shaped enclosures.

4 LAYER FLEX PCB STACKUP

4 LAYER FLEX PCB stackup

The stackup of a 4-layer flex PCB consists of four layers separated by insulating layers. Here’s a common stackup configuration for a 4-layer flex PCB:

Top Layer (Signal Layer):

Top copper layer containing signal traces, component pads, and solder mask. The traces on this layer carry signals and power connections.

Inner Layer 1 (Ground Plane):

First inner copper layer acting as a ground plane. This layer provides a low-impedance path for return currents and helps with EMI shielding. It is usually connected to ground points of the components and serves as a reference plane for signal integrity.

Inner Layer 2 (Power Plane):

Second inner copper layer serving as a power plane.This layer dedicated to power distribution. and provides a stable power supply to the components. It helps minimize power losses and improves power integrity.

Bottom Layer (Signal Layer):

Bottom copper layer containing extra signal traces, component pads, and solder mask.

Like the top layer, this layer carries signals and power connections.Between each copper layer. there are insulating layers that provide electrical insulation and mechanical flexibility. The insulating layers are typically made of flexible materials. such as polyimide (PI) or polyester (PET). These layers also help protect the traces from environmental factors. and provide insulation between the conductive layers.

MAIN TYPES OF FLEXIBLE PCB BOARD

SINGLE LAYER FLEXIBLE PCB

Single-sided Flexible PCB

This is the simplest and most basic type of flexible PCB. It consists of a single conductive layer on a flexible substrate. Components and traces placed on one side of the substrate. and the other side is typically used for protective covering or shielding.

2 LAYER FLEX PCB

Double-sided Flex PCB

Double-sided flexible PCBs have conductive layers on both sides of the flexible substrate. Components and traces placed on both sides. allowing for increased circuit density and more complex designs.

 

MULTILAYER FLEX PCB

Multilayer Flexible PCB

Three or more conducting layers separated by insulating layers make up multilayer flexible PCBs. In comparison to single or double-sided flexible PCBs. they offer increased circuit density and more complicated interconnecting choices. 

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Rigid-Flex PCB

Rigid-flex PCBs combine elements of both rigid PCBs and flexible PCBs. They consist of rigid sections and flexible sections. allowing for both mechanical support and flexibility within a single board. 

 

CAPABILITIES OF 4 LAYER FLEX CIRCUIT

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4 LAYER FLEX PCB MANUFACTURING PROCESS

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Step1: Design and Material Selection:

The first step is to design the circuit and determine the specific requirements for the 4 layer flex PCB. This includes deciding on the number of layers. stack-up configuration, trace routing, component placement, and material selection.

Step2: Material Preparation:

The chosen flexible substrate material, typically polyimide. That supplied in rolls or sheets and undergoes a cleaning process. to remove any contaminants that could affect the bonding. or adhesion of subsequent layers.

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Step3: Copper Cladding

The polyimide sheets coated with a layer of copper. This involves laminating a thin layer of copper foil. onto the polyimide surface using heat and pressure. The copper etched to remove excess material, leaving behind the desired copper traces.

Step4: Imaging and Etching

A photoresist applied to the copper layer. and the circuit pattern transferred onto it using a photomask and UV exposure. The exposed areas are then chemically etched. removing the unwanted copper, and leaving behind the desired circuit traces.

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Step5: Drilling and Plating

Small holes called vias drilled through the polyimide. and copper layers at specific locations to provide interconnections between different layers. The vias are then plated with a conductive material. such as copper or electroless nickel to ensure electrical continuity.

Step6 : Lamination

The individual layers, including the conductive layers and insulating layers. stacked together and laminated under heat and pressure. An adhesive layer, often made of epoxy, Used to bond the layers together. This process forms a 4-layer structure with the desired stack-up configuration.

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Step7 : Coverlay Application

A coverlay, which is a protective layer made of polyimide, applied on top of the circuitry. It bonded to the flexible PCB using heat and pressure. The coverlay protects the circuit traces from environmental factors and provides insulation.

Step 8 : Surface Finishing

The exposed copper pads on the outer layers plated with a surface finish. such as electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG). to protect them from oxidation and facilitate soldering during assembly.

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Step 9 : Testing and Inspection

The manufactured 4 layer flexible PCB undergoes testing and inspection. to ensure it meets the required specifications and quality standards. This includes electrical testing, impedance measurement, visual inspection. and possibly other specific tests depending on the application.

Step 10 : Assembly and Integration

The completed 4 layer flex PCB is then integrated into the electronic device or assembly. Components soldered onto the board. and any additional mechanical or electrical connections made as necessary.

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