Copper roughness has an impact on high-speed digital designs. Choose your copper wisely!

In this episode, circuit materials expert John Coonrod of Rogers Corporation shares his extensive knowledge on copper roughness. Watch this episode or listen on the go; it will help a PCB designer make a sound decision about picking the most suitable copper to use on your next design.

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Show Highlights:

  • Introduction, John Coonrod’s  role, expertise, and experience in the Rogers lab
  • How the two basic types of copper are made (Rolled and ED) electric deposit (check out the slide)
    • Copper overview
    • Surface Roughness, the rougher the copper, the more the bond area
    • Copper Treatments
  • What is a reverse treat? The benefits, thermal properties, and adhesion
  • IPC classifications of Low Profile (LP), Very Low Profile (VLP)
  • Surface roughness for different types of copper and different types of surface roughness measurement units (check out the slides)
    • Best practices when selecting a material
  • Normal variations of copper for thickness, roughness, and etching differences
  • Copper roughness impact on high-speed digital designs
  • Copper roughness impact on RF concerns
  • Future MMW 9 micron copper

Links and Resources:

Rogers Advanced Connectivity Solutions Website

Rogers (Free) Technology Support Hub

DesignCon 2021 August 17-19, San Jose, CA

PCB West 2021 October 5-8, Santa Clara, CA

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