Single Sided Circuits

Single sided flexible circuits are the most basic of the flexible circuit family. They consist of a “single” conductive layer and two insulating layers. These circuits are the thinnest of the flexible circuit family with an overall thickness range of 3.7 (.0037”) to 5.4 (.0054”) mils typically. That makes them the most flexible circuit construction by definition and therefore they are commonly used in dynamic applications such as laptops and cell phones. All component types can be attached to single sided circuits and current carrying capabilities of signal traces range from a few milliamps to several amps.

Some Key Points

  • Simple and robust construction well suited for interconnect and dynamic applications
  • Thin and light weight, yet durable enough for millions of operations
  • Wide operating temperature range from ‐55°C ‐ 150°C
  • Mount all component types – surface mount (SMT), thru – hole, crimp on pins, wire bond, BGA
  • Meets IPC‐6013 Qualifications and Performance Specifications for Flexible Printed Boards

Design Capabilities

  • Layer Count: 1 conductive layer
  • Trace/Space: .004”/.004” typical, .003”/.003” non‐typical
  • Current Carrying Capacity: few milliamps to several amps
  • Hole Size: .008” drilled not plated typical, .004” laser drilled non‐typical
  • Copper Thickness: ¼ oz, ½ oz, 1 oz, 2 oz typical, 7.8 mil & 10 mil non‐typical
  • Material thickness: 1 mil, 2 mil typical, 3 mil and 5 mil non‐typical
  • FR4 Stiffener Thickness: .010” ‐ .125”
  • Polyimide Stiffener Thickness: .002” ‐ .010”