CHANDLER, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Isola Group S.a.r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multi-layer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), today announced Astra™, the company's breakthrough very low-loss dielectric constant (Dk) product for millimeter wave frequencies and beyond. Astra revolutionizes RF and microwave designs, as it delivers a thermoset solution, which is very easy to process and has stable electrical properties over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies.
The lead-free Astra laminate materials exhibit exceptional electrical properties that are constant over a broad frequency and temperature range. Astra features a Dk that is stable between 55 degrees Celsius and +125 degrees Celsius. In addition, Astra offers a lower dissipation factor (Df) of 0.0017, making it an extremely cost-effective alternative to PTFE and other commercial microwave laminate materials.
"Astra enables up to a 50 percent lower cost of ownership because of its processing advantages and lower price point. The product requires a press cycle that is roughly one-half that of competitive products and processing temperatures below 200 degrees Celsius, making it compatible with a wide range of hybrid products," stated Tarun Amla, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Isola Group.
Astra does not require the use of plasma cleaning, an offline and expensive PCB hole-wall preparation process. Astra also enables lower drilling costs, as its unfilled system provides easier drilling and extends drill life. It is available in all glass styles and thickness configurations, which eliminates the barriers to board thickness. Astra also demonstrates a high-peel strength, which enables use of special copper types to deliver very-low passive intermodulation numbers.
Astra is suitable for many of today's commercial RF/microwave printed circuit designs that operate at 24 GHz. and 77 GHz frequencies. Key applications include long antennas and such radar applications for automobiles as adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and stop-and-go systems.
Astra samples are available now from Isola's Chandler, Arizona manufacturing facility. To inquire about this patent-pending product, order samples and participate in alpha testing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Astra data sheet is available now at http://www.isola-group.com/products/astra/.
August 13, 2013 – According to 2012–2013 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America, PCB production should see return to modest growth by end of 2013. Modest growth is expected to continue through 2016, not just for North America, but also for world PCB production. Report contains current data and analysis covering rigid PCBs and flexible circuits separately, including: market size, sales growth, revenue trends from value-added services, material trends, revenue/employee, and U.S. imports/exports.
Press release date: August 9, 2013
BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, — North American printed circuit board (PCB) production should see a return to modest growth by the end of 2013. Published in the report, 2012-2013 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America, the modest growth is expected to continue through 2016, not just for North America, but also for world PCB production as a whole. Recently released by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®, the annual survey-based study provides a comprehensive overview of the market and business of PCB manufacturing.
The IPC report contains current data and analysis covering rigid PCBs and flexible circuits separately, including: market size, sales growth, sales by product type and by vertical markets, product mix (high-volume vs. quick-turn vs. prototype), revenue trends from value-added services, layer counts, material trends, trends in spending on labor and R&D, revenue per employee, and U.S. imports and exports.
Forecasts of total PCB production in the Americas and the world through 2016 from Dr. Hayao Nakahara, a leading industry analyst and consultant to the PCB industry, are included as a special feature of the study.
The 70-page, downloadable report is available to IPC members for $450 and $600 for nonmembers. Companies that participated in the survey receive the report for free.
For more information or to purchase 2012-2013 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America, visit www.ipc.org/PCB-Study-2013. To participate in future studies, contact IPC Market Research Manager, Sree Bhagwat, at +1 330-677-5563 or SreeBhagwat@ipc.org.
For information on IPC market research programs, visit www.ipc.org/IndustryData or contact Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research at +1 847-597-2817 or SharonStarr@ipc.org.
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,300 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.17 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.